BOSTON - A set of twins born 24 days apart are healthy thanks to the efforts of doctors who performed a rare surgery to save both children.
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," said Sabrina Craigo, M.D., 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. It was a relief because knew there was 50 percent chance of not surviving," said DaSilva.
Doctors placed Alexandre in intensive care and told mom and dad it was time to consider Ronaldo in mom's womb a little longer.
“I thought it was absurd! I said, ‘I didn't know this was possible,’" said DaSilva.
But doctors explained a "delayed twin delivery" could be done and mom was a perfect candidate.
"He's like leave him there- he is fine-- his heart is beating well, so OK then we started praying," said father Ronaldo Antunes.
A healthy Ronanldo was born 24 days later, weighing in a full pound more than his big brother.
Courtesy: CNN Newsource