|Nirvana, Matthew and Alisha|
Matthew was born in 2006, in Pretoria, to a young single mother with a compromised immune system and absolutely no family. After much consideration and for the sake of the child, the mother decided to give him up for adoption. Matthew went into safety during the usual tests for HIV and others, until the Children’s Court decided his future. Matthew was eventually placed with a loving American family who desperately wanted to adopt him, but at that stage American citizens were refused permission to adopt South African children. That is how Matthew came to us, and for which we will always be thankful and blessed.
It was by absolute chance that, through a friend of a friend, Matthews name was sent to Pierre-Fabre Pharmaceuticals as one of the children who would use their products, and possibly visit France to demonstrate how the products would react on South African skin. I met Meagan two months ago. She arrived at the coffee shop with a bag of products which must have cost a fortune. I immediately resonated with the company and product, and became excited when I heard that the product was natural. When I saw the results of the treatment in other children, it felt too good to be true. Two months before we got to France, Matthew started using the products. There was such a marked improvement that I was concerned the Avéne doctors would wonder why he was selected for the Hydro therapies. With the anticipation and anxiety around the trip plans, Matthew’s skin did flare up a bit, but still not very badly. It was with my own anxiety that I walked in to see the dermatologist and the head of the therapy centre. Both of them had a good chuckle at my concern, and explained that although it would mess up their photo shoots a bit, it is better when someone receives the treatment when there skin is in a period of stability. They were also quite pleased that the products were working for Matthew.