'Duck Dynasty' star says daughter has 'turned a corner’ after 14th surgery

Jase (L), Missy (R) and Mia (M) Robertson appear at the 'Poker at the Plantation' fundraiser.
Jase (L), Missy (R) and Mia (M) Robertson appear at the "Poker at the Plantation" fundraiser. | Jonathan Poole

"Duck Dynasty" stars Jase and Missy Robertson are praying that their daughter Mia is done with surgery after she recently underwent her 14th operation to address her cleft lip and palate.

Their 18-year-old daughter is now at home recovering after undergoing surgery last month. It's been a long journey for the family as the daughter has undergone several surgeries since her birth in 2004.

This week, during a brief update on his podcast "Unashamed," joined by his father Phil Robertson and brother Alan, Jase Robertson reported that his daughter is recovering well. 

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"She's doing great. She's turned a corner," the loving father stated.

When asked about her breathing, Jase replied, "Everything seems great, seems to be fine."

"Surgery went a little longer than expected, but she is home and recovering," he told podcaster listeners. "Thank you for praying for her and for our family. She is a champion!"

Before the procedure, Missy Robertson spoke candidly on Instagram about her emotions.

"People ask me, 'How many more surgeries does Mia have left?'" Missy wrote ahead of surgery on July 8. "The answer is always, 'We just don't know.'"

In a more optimistic social media post, Mia Robertson declared she was at the "finish line." 

"Hopefully the last time I'll see my doctors in this setting! It's been a long road but we are at the finish line," she declared. 

Since her 13th surgery in the Spring of 2021, Mia Robertson has been calling her own shots, something Missy Robertson said she still has to get used to. 

"Since she is 18 now, she is taking the lead in all the discussions and medical forms. It's been a little strange," Missy Robertson wrote. "But it's just another reminder to lean on the Lord and that I'm not in control."

In a past interview with The Christian Post, Missy Robertson, who also shares three other children with her husband, most recently a baby they adopted, said she believes there is a purpose behind the pain they've been through with her daughter's medical condition.  

"Looking back, especially over the last couple of years, we definitely see reasons for Him allowing us to go through this and allowing Mia to go through the pain and the challenges that she has in her life," she said.

"She wants to help other people," she added. "To me, that speaks not only about a greatness about her, as an individual, but about the greatness of our God to see something in a child, long before she was born, that could help influence people and to bring them closer to Him. Who am I to question that about Him?"

Mia Robertson started the Mia Moo Fund to help ensure every kid has the chance to smile.

Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that result when a baby's lip or mouth don't form properly during pregnancy. 

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every 1,600 babies is born with a cleft lip with a cleft palate in the U.S. One in about 2,800 babies is born with a cleft lip without a cleft palate. One in about 1,700 babies is born with a cleft palate without a cleft lip in the U.S. 

“One of the functions of the Mia Moo Fund is to spread awareness of the cleft lip and palate journey,” Missy Robertson said in an earlier interview. “The other one is to help with medical funds for the parents and the families living right here in America.”

Jeannie Ortega Law is a reporter for The Christian Post. Reach her at: She's also the author of the book, What Is Happening to Me? How to Defeat Your Unseen Enemy Follow her on Twitter: @jlawcp Facebook: JeannieOMusic

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