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Twins born more than 3 weeks apart

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These twins were born 24 days apart due to a rare delayed delivery. (Source: WCVB/CNN) These twins were born 24 days apart due to a rare delayed delivery. (Source: WCVB/CNN)

BOSTON (WCVB/CNN) - They are twins, but they don't share a birthday. In fact Alexandre is more than three weeks older than his brother Ronaldo. But both boys are thriving after a rare and risky delayed delivery that has exceeded every expectation.

"This was unique in many ways, including that both twins are doing well," said Dr. Sabrina Craigo of Tufts Medical Center.

The challenge began when mom Linda DaSilva went into labor only 24 weeks into her pregnancy. Doctors at Tufts tried to stop the contractions. But four days later, a very premature Alexandre was born.

"We were praying to hear his cry and we did. And it was a relief because knew there was 50 percent chance of not surviving," said DeSilva.

Doctors placed baby No. 1 in intensive care and told mom and dad it was time to consider keeping baby No. 2 in mom's womb a little longer.

"I thought it was absurd. I said ‘I don't think, I didn't know this was possible,'" DeSilva said.

But doctors explained a delayed twin delivery could be done and DeSilva was a perfect candidate.

A healthy Ronaldo would be born 24 days later, weighing in a full pound more than his big brother.

"We try to tell moms be grateful for everyday you're still pregnant and we can get you as far along as we possibly can and this is just a perfect example," said Dr. Gina Geis of Tufts Medical Center.

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