You typically hear about twins being born a few minutes apart. But one set of twins is anything but typical. Alexandre and Renaldo DaSilva were born a full 24 days apart.
According to Fox News, in late February, Lindalva DaSilva went into labor just 24 weeks into her pregnancy and her first son Alexandre, was born weighing just 1 pound, 10 ounces.
"They brought him to me to give him a kiss," said DaSilva. "He was crying, but he was very tiny and I was very scared. I said to my husband, 'He's too tiny.'"
Delayed deliveries, which are extremely rare, can carry a risk of infection. They can only be performed on fraternal twins, who don’t share a placenta, and are only feasible if the mother’s contractions slow after the first baby is born, the Boston Globe reported.
After delivering son Alexandre, DaSilva’s labor slowed. 24 days later, Ronaldo was born weighing nearly three times his older brother’s birth weight, according to ABC.
"They're my miracle babies," said DaSilva of her growing boys. "Ronaldo because he stayed inside, and Alexandre because he's a survivor."
Both babies are still in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. DaSilva is hoping to bring her children home later this month, which will be right around the time of their original due date.