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Twins born 24 days apart go home

Posted: Updated: Jun 28, 2014 06:19 PM
Alexandre and Ronaldo Antunes were born 24 days apart. (Courtesy: WCVB) Alexandre and Ronaldo Antunes were born 24 days apart. (Courtesy: WCVB)
Courtesy: ABC News Courtesy: ABC News
BOSTON, Mass. -

After months in the hospital, a pair of twins who were born 24 days apart are now home.

According to ABC News, the family’s ordeal started in March when Lindalva Pinheiro da Silva’s water broke 16 weeks early.

Doctors tried to stop her from going into labor, but she gave birth to her son Alexandre four days later.

An estimated 50 percent of infants born at 24 weeks do not survive. Those that do are at risk for complications.

Doctors were able to keep da Silva’s second son, Ronaldo, in the womb an additional 24 days, allowing him to gain more weight and continue to grow.

“They’re my miracle babies,” da Silva said. “Ronaldo because he stayed inside and Alexandre because he’s a survivor.”

The babies were hospitalized for several months until they were healthy enough to go home.

Before leaving the hospital, da Silva was surprised with a proposal from her boyfriend, Ronaldo Antune.

He popped the question by dressing their sons in outfits that said, “Mom will you marry dad?”

The family said they are excited about heading home and starting their lives together.

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