Philip Mathews is a dynamic young speaker from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Philip’s story begins before he was born to Santhosh and Susan Mathews, with the initial diagnosis indicating Philip would be born dead. However, in answer to prayer, Philip miraculously was born alive.


Philip was diagnosed with Goldenhar’s Syndrome and his parents were told he would be mentally and developmentally delayed with poor social and cognitive skills. Therefore, he was placed in Early Intervention and attended Siskin Children’s Institute until age five. He graduated from Westview Elementary School and currently attends the McCallie School. Philip overcame many physical, spiritual and emotional hurdles in life. He has been through 23 surgeries and procedures. Yet, his resilient and encouraging attitude has left a lasting impact on many. Philip’s speaking engagements have taken him to many parts of the world including the United States, Canada, India, Trinidad and the Middle East. Philip has been interviewed on radio and major TV stations. Today Philip continues his speaking engagements by promoting the good work of Love Without Reason, a nonprofit organization that provides free surgery for people born with facial deformities in poor and developing countries. Today Philip is a public motivational speaker .

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