Doctors at Tufts Medical Center in Boston were shocked when they had an experience where a pair of twins was born 24 days apart.
Lindalva Pinheiro da Silva was just 24 weeks pregnant with twin boys when her water broke.
“I panicked,” said 35-year-old da Silva, recalling the afternoon in early March that her life turned upside down. “It wasn’t time. It was too early. I knew I could lose the babies.”
Doctors did everything they could to delay da Silva’s labor but she soon gave birth to her first boy .. An estimated 50 percent of babies born at 24 weeks don’t survive, and those who do are at risk for a host of health problems.
24 days later, Alexandre was born. He weighed 745 grams –- roughly 1 pound, 10 ounces.
Da Silva said her husband, Ronaldo Antunes, could hold his son in the palm of his hand.
“They brought him to me to give him a kiss,” said da Silva, recalling the whirlwind delivery after just three painless pushes. “He was crying, but he was very tiny and I was very scared. I said to my husband, ‘He’s too tiny.’”