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Mass. Twins Born 24 Days Apart

BOSTON (ABC) — They are twins, but they don’t share a birthday. In fact, Alexandre is more than three weeks older than his brother Ronaldo, but both boys are thriving after a rare and risky delayed delivery that has exceeded every expectation.

“This was unique in many ways, including that both twins are doing well,” says Dr. Sabrina Craigo, director of Maternal Fetal Medicine with Tufts Medical Center.

The challenge began when mom Linda DaSilva went into labor only 24 weeks into her pregnancy.

Doctors at Tufts tried to stop the contractions, but four days later, a very premature Alexandre was born.

“We were praying to hear his cry and we did, and it was a relief because we knew there was 50 percent chance of not surviving,” DaSilva says.

Doctors here placed baby #1 in intensive care and told mom and dad it was time to consider keeping baby #2 in mom’s womb a little longer.

DaSilva adds, “I thought it was absurd! I said I don’t think…I didn’t know
this was possible.”

But doctors explained a delayed twin delivery could be done and Linda was a perfect candidate.

“And he’s like leave him there. He is fine. His heart is beating well, so okay then we start praying,” says father Ronaldo Antunes.

A healthy Ronaldo would be born 24 days later, weighing in a full pound more than his big brother.

Dr. Gina Geis with Tufts adds, “We try to tell moms be grateful for
everyday you’re still pregnant and we can get you as far along as we
possibly can.”

WCVB-TV reports that both babies are doing well, and the family is hoping to head home by June 18 – their original due date.

For more on this story, check out wcvb.com

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