Twin boys were given birth to 24 days apart at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston.
Lindalva DaSilva, 35, was only 24 weeks pregnant with her twins when she went into labor on February 27. Though doctors attempted to halt her contractions, they were unsuccessful.
As DaSilva went into labor, Dr. Sabrina Craigo, chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Tufts, informed her of the possibility of delivering one twin, and keeping the other inside the womb, if conditions during the delivery were right.
“I thought it was absurd,” DaSilva said. “I said, ‘I don’t think — I didn’t know that was possible.'”
Fortunately, after delivering son Alexandre, DaSilva’s labor slowed. She was treated with antibiotics and moved back to her hospital room to wait, while baby Alexandre fought for his life in the intensive care unit.
“[The doctor’s] like, leave him there. He’s fine. His heart is beating well,” father Ronaldo Antunes said. “Then we started praying.”
Twenty-four days later, Alexandre’s twin brother Ronaldo was born. Craigo told the Boston Globe she’s delivered fewer than 10 delayed twin births in the last two decades – and never with as much time between deliveries accompanied by positive outcomes for both infants.
“One twin was born in winter, and one was born in spring,’’ DaSilva said.