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Twins born 24 days apart go home -- and dad proposes to mom

Twins Born One Month Apart Leave Boston Hospital

It has been a long three weeks, but twin boys born 24 days apart are finally going home.

WTKR reports Lindalva 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. Luckily, it worked, as twin number two -- Ronaldo -- was given another 24 days to grow before da Silva gave birth a second time.

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.

On the big day, a beaming Lindalva said, "We don't even know what to do. We decided to start a family."

The two only had a fifty percent chance of survival, and now, nine days after their original due date of June 18th, they were ready to go home -- but there was one more exciting bit of news to come.

Hours before they were released, the twins' father proposed to Linda -- and the twins helped, wearing t-shirts that said "mom, will you marry dad?"

As for a wedding date, they are in no rush. They'd like to wait for the boys to be able to walk so they can carry the rings down the aisle.

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maggwheels July 02 2014 at 7:23 AM

How sad that these babies didn't even have parents that cared enough to be married. You should have to pass a test in order to become pregnant and if you are STUPID like these parents you can't do it.

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hpycmpr155 July 02 2014 at 12:02 PM

I am so SICK of this.
Isn't is sweet Dad proposes to mom AFTER twins are born.
NO wonder we are so crazy and mixed up.
We have EVERYTHING Bass-Ackwards. now and NOBODY cares anymore.

GET a moral compass people.......

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Charlene July 02 2014 at 11:01 AM

Whatever happened to getting married FIRST!? I can't believe I even bothered to read this article.

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kcarthey Charlene July 02 2014 at 12:24 PM

Historialy, getting married first is a fairly recent development and not always a good idea.

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Hi Gram, Ty&Dill July 02 2014 at 12:16 PM

What a moral-less society we've become

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PowellTreeCare July 02 2014 at 10:34 AM

Trying to explain to these boys that they are twins, but have birthdays a month apart will be interesting later in life. Congrats on the engagement, but more than anything, congrats on the babies. I wish you all a lifetime of love, luck and happiness.

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Mocs July 02 2014 at 12:52 PM

Babies before marriage.How classy.

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kcarthey Mocs July 02 2014 at 2:15 PM

Pregancy before marriage was the norm for all but those in dynasic marriages until fairly recently. You seem to associate class with royalty.

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abudotcom July 02 2014 at 10:35 AM

Sweet & Priceless…. Congratulations on both occasions, the twins and the proposal…..

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Fran Bishop July 02 2014 at 10:35 AM

Maybe welfare wouldn't cover the birth if they were married. They had plenty of time before the birth to get this marriage done.
And all you people out there who want to criticize me for saying that you can hold your breath because I don't really care what you think.

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jerimalibu Fran Bishop July 02 2014 at 12:18 PM

You are entitled to your opinion. We ALL need to respect everyones! :)

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hpycmpr155 Fran Bishop July 02 2014 at 5:44 PM

I agree with you 100%

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connimit July 02 2014 at 12:51 PM

In this world today, couples date, get pregnant, and when it's convenient, they get engaged.THEN, their excuse for not getting married is so their child(ren) can walk down the aisles with the rings.......I'm sorry, but somehow, this story doesn't sound romantic, it sounds selfish on the part of the parents!! That said, God Bless These Precious Babies......

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kcarthey July 02 2014 at 9:19 AM

Marriage after having a child is not that uncommon in many parts of the world and seems to work quite well. It certainly would have been a more valid argument for America's Bible thumpers arguing against same sex marriage.
In the meantime, congrats to this couple and their twin sons.

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Mocs kcarthey July 02 2014 at 12:52 PM

I'm FAR from a Bible thumper but I do believe parents should be MARRIED prior to children.

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kcarthey Mocs July 02 2014 at 2:12 PM

Why? I suggest it is much better if they find out if they are compatable in every way over time before they think of marriage. And even then I suggest marriage is an option. The key point if children are involved is that both parents are involved and put the kids very high on the list of things receiving focus.

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