Mia Robertson may be just 17-years of age, but she has the patience and determination of an adult. Born with a cleft lip and possible cleft palate, Mia Robertson is the youngest child of Missy and Jase Robertson. While Missy made few appearances in the reality TV series Duck Dynasty, most of what is known about her are centered around her illness. But not the one to be defined by her illness, Mia has persevered and continues to be the ray of light in the Robertson household. In this article, we will take a closer look at what little is known about Mia Robertson.
Mia Robertson was born on September 12, 2003, with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. While still at Missy’s womb, Mia was diagnosed with a cleft lip and possible cleft palate. Following the birth of her daughter, Missy took Mia to the International Craniofacial Institute in Dallas, Texas, when she was just 17 days old. During her time in Dallas, Mia was fitted with a palatal appliance that gave a fake roof to her mouth.
Battling with surgeries:
After Mia was strong enough to undergo her first surgery, she was enrolled at the hospital. At just 3 months old, Mia underwent her first corrective surgery. As the scars of her first surgery began to fed, Mia had to get ready for her second surgery. At 7-months old, Mia underwent palate correction surgery which gave her a natural palate. In need of much care and attention, Mia accompanied her mother to work at The Duck Commander and was a constant source of joy for the Robertson family.
At 5-years old, Mia underwent a second lip correction surgery to straighten the lip from her last 5 years of growth. While still in surgery, the doctors noticed that Mia’s nasal passages had begun to collapse due to scar tissue from the first surgery. The doctors decided to operate around the nose area and Mia was required to wear a nose stint for a few weeks to open and stabilize her nasal passages.
Her next major surgery came in 2012. The bone graft surgery was essential to add bone to the cleft in her upper jaw where there was no bone, to begin with. But during her routine checkup, it was found that a large amount of scar tissue from her previous surgeries had ensured that her upper jaw had not grown at the same rate as her lower jaw, which caused an underbite of 15-mm. After using a special headgear for 12-18 months, Mia was ready for the bone graft surgery which was successful.
After 5 surgeries, things seem to be going on for the 17-year old Mia. Never the one to be beaten by her conditions, Mia often travels around the world talking with young people and encouraging others with her story of physical and emotional struggles. Her parents think of her as an inspiration to the whole family. Following the 5th surgery, Missy and Jase started a foundation to bring awareness to raise awareness and funds towards research, treatments, and causes of cleft lip and palate. Talking about the foundation, Missy revealed,
“The reason Jase and I started it was because we’re able to bring attention to this diagnosis. Before, it had so much of a stigma because it is about the face and it is a facial deformity. People kind of don’t want to talk about it or they just don’t know much about it, and we wanted to bring Mia’s face to this because we think she’s beautiful.”
Mia is the third child and the youngest in the Robertson Household. She has two older siblings Reed Robertson & Cole Robertson. Reed is the eldest of the three, born on May 15, 1995. Reed is an aspiring singer currently pursuing a career in country music and has released several songs under the album The Crimson Gospel. Louisiana born and raised Reed moved to Nashville, Tennessee following marriage to Brighton Thompson in 2016.
The second child Cole was born on December 4, 1997. Born and raised in Louisiana Cole began schooling in his hometown. Later he moved to Malibu, California in pursuit of further education and attended Pepperdine University.