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Missy Robertson Says ‘God Steps In’ Amid Daughter’s Cleft Palate Journey

Photo from Missy Robertson’s Instagram

Missy Robertson Says ‘God Steps In’ Amid Daughter’s Cleft Palate Journey

By Movieguide® Contributor

Missy Robertson recently took to Instagram to give fans an update on her daughter Mia’s cleft lip and palate.

“To the lady in the waiting room yesterday who was complaining about how inconvenient it was for her to wait on her child who hadn’t been seen yet (45 minutes behind), I apologize on behalf of my daughter. It was totally her fault,” Robertson captioned a photo of Mia. 

She went on to explain that the reason the appointment ran long was because Mia’s surgeon told them she would have to undergo another jaw distraction surgery, instead of the more minor procedure they had been planning to do that day. 

“Oh how I wish we wouldn’t have inconvenienced you,” Robertson continued. “Oh how I wish sometimes that she would have the team that simply looked and said ‘she’ll be fine’, or ‘you don’t really have to.’ Sometimes I’m weary of this cleft journey. Sometimes I’m weary of the pain that life brings me and my family. But that’s where God steps in. He confirms through those He’s sent to us that, even though we’re weary, He is not!”

Robertson explained that Mia’s cleft lip and palate issues have been “a journey” involving a team of professionals 4 and a half hours away from the family’s home, “sot because it was the easiest on our family (quite the contrary), but because we felt it was the best decision for our child.”

According to Plain Values, Mia was born “with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. Her lip was split under both nostrils, and the roof of her mouth (palate) was also open.” 

She has since undergone a series of surgeries to repair her lip and palate. 

“Yesterday, I watched my child (a 19-year-old grown woman) discuss with her surgeon the best option for her long-term health benefit. I was only a source of opinion and, hopefully, wise counsel,” Robertson continued. “[Mia] concluded that she agreed with her surgeon (the incredible Dr Law) to take the hard road for the greatest possible outcome. She could have chosen the easy road of ‘good enough’ or ‘it’ll be fine’ and suffered physical restriction and jaw pain likely for the rest of her life. She ultimately decided to make the tough choice of hard pain and physical suffering for the better outcome. This decision put others’ appts a few minutes behind. Please accept our sincerest apologies.”

Robertson shouted out Mia’s cleft team for being “unbelievably caring,” adding, “God has been so good to Mia! Thank you all for praying and letting this mama share with you what is on our hearts.”

In addition to handling her own procedures, Mia has started her own foundation, The Mia Moo Fund, to help other children with cleft issues. 

“The Mia Moo Fund is dedicated to raising awareness and funds towards treatments of cleft lip & palate,” the website reads. “We invite everyone countrywide to participate with us as we strive to support one another, lend a helping hand and bring a smile to each and every child.”


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