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Twins born 24 days apart in Boston

Twins Born 24 Days Apart In Boston

In terms of childbirth, this is nothing short of amazing.

Two twin boys were born 24 days apart in Boston. WTKR reports Linda da Silva was just 24 weeks along when she went into labor with her the first child, Alexandre.

Tufts Medical Center Doctors reportedly tried to delay the birth given the heightened risk of premature delivery, but Alexandre apparently didn't get the memo and came out weighing only one pound and ten ounces.

Da Silva told ABC she was definitely concerned. "I panicked. ... It wasn't time. It was too early. I knew I could lose the babies."

Doctors then performed what's called a "delayed twin birth," which is a seldom-performed and risky procedure to give the second twin more time inside mom, but it appears it worked, as twin number two – Ronaldo – was given another 24 days to grow before Da Silva gave birth a second time.

ABC: "I thought it was absurd. I didn't think this... I didn't know this was possible."

The father of the twins was obviously choked up but quick to joke to ABC about his new little ones. "One twin was born in winter, and one was born in spring."

Apparently, this type of delayed twin delivery is so improbable it's barely even tracked.

The Boston Globe points to a study that found only 14 cases in about 97,000 deliveries over 12 years.

Both twins are doing well in the hospital's intensive care unit, and they'll be good to go home on their original due date, June 18th.

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debra June 10 2014 at 10:54 PM

my daughter was 1 pound 10 ounces when born in 1963. she is a fine young lady now. your baby will be fine also

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maywest333 debra June 11 2014 at 12:33 AM

Wow that is just amazing how little the baby was. My daughter was almost six pounds and she was small.

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jdunbar60 June 10 2014 at 11:16 PM

My twin miscarried 6 months before I was born, 54 years ago.

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maywest333 jdunbar60 June 11 2014 at 12:31 AM

Sorry for your loss!

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Anita jdunbar60 June 11 2014 at 10:02 AM

My great grandma back 1902 had twins but my grandma was born in 7 month and her sister was born in 9 months.

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d1anaw June 10 2014 at 11:17 PM

How much would it suck to go into labor twice in the same month?

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maywest333 d1anaw June 11 2014 at 12:32 AM

That is exactly what I was thinking.

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PowellTreeCare d1anaw June 11 2014 at 12:27 PM

I would take labor over pregnancy any day. (I wasn't all glowing during pregnancy. At all.) I was thinking it would suck to give birth, but still be pregnant!

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IZZYCT June 11 2014 at 10:39 AM

I never heard of anything like this before........but glad both are going to be fine.

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PowellTreeCare June 11 2014 at 12:26 PM

Congratulations! I wish you all a lifetime of health, love, luck and happiness!

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chezdees June 11 2014 at 1:10 PM

Guess the cake wasn't done.

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nlcaronrn June 11 2014 at 1:47 PM

As a Labor & Delivery nurse I have seen that happen before. I also had a triplet patient that delivered all 3 babies on different days, weeks apart!!

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