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Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson’s epic beard and signature scowl may make him seem like one tough dude, but underneath all that facial hair lies a real softie — especially when it comes to his kids.

Jase reveals to Closer that his daughter Mia’s bone graft surgery, done to repair a facial cleft, had him shaking in his boots.

The hardest part was handing her off to the surgeons, knowing she was about to go through a lot of pain and suffering, even though I knew it was for the best,” Jase reveals to the magazine.

“The fact that she has healed so rapidly and responded so well to the results has made this surgery far easier to endure than we expected.”

While Mia’s gone through a lot for an 11-year-old, Jase says that his daughter has proven herself to be an exceptionally altruistic little girl, and is always thinking of others.

“She is always thoughtful of others who are going through difficult times,” says Mia’s proud papa. “She actually prays each night for someone who is going through a tough situation.”

Mia may have had to overcome some pretty serious obstacles in her short life, but it sounds like she’s got some great family members supporting her on her way.

Source: Closer