Nurse adopts twins with rare genetic condition

(INSIDE EDITION) — Twins with a rare genetic deformity that has left them with misshapen, oversized heads have found a loving home, thanks to a kind-hearted nurse who wanted to adopt them both.

Three-year-old twins Matthew and Marshall Trepanier were born with Pfeiffer syndrome, which caused their skulls to develop incorrectly in the womb.

As a result, their heads are deformed and are much larger than their bodies.

“They weighed eight pounds but their bodies were the size of newborns, so most of the weight was because of their heads,” nurse Linda Trepanier, 58, told SWNS. “Their condition means it would be hard for a normal parent to take look after them.”

Trepanier, a mom of three living in Michigan, agreed to take them in as a foster parent when they were 4 months old.

When social services approached Trepanier and ask if she would consider adopting one of them, she decided to adopt them both, despite already having three older biological children of her own and three grandchildren.

“I just fell in love with them. I knew in my heart that they were my boys,” Trepanier explained. “People struggle to understand. They say, ‘Oh, those kids are going to tie you down.'”

Matthew and Marshall require round-the-clock care, she said, including checking on their temperature in the middle of the night to make sure there are no infections and making sure their breathing tubes are properly placed.

Over the last two years, the pair has had three operations to reshape the skull. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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