A miracle mother-of-six who fell in love with baby twins with a rare genetic deformity has devoted her life to raising them after they were taken away from their parents.
Matthew and Marshall Trepanier, three, have misshapen, oversized heads due to Pfeiffer Syndrome, which caused their skull bones to fuse prematurely in the womb.
Kind-hearted nurse Linda Trepanier, 58, from Lakeville, Minnesota, took them in as a foster carer when they were four weeks old after their parents were deemed unable to take care of them.
The full-time medical foster carer was then asked by Child Protective Services if she would consider adopting one of the boys for good.
She said she could never separate the lovable pair – so she adopted them both.
‘When I first saw the twins I thought they were the most adorable little things I had ever seen,’ she recalled.
‘They had these big heads and tiny bodies. They weighed 8lbs but their bodies were the size of newborns, so most of the weight was because of their heads.
‘I just fell in love with them. I knew in my heart that they were my boys.’