BOSTON (CBS) – Twins born 24 days apart headed home on Friday.

Doctors at Tufts Medical Center said it’s rare to have a delayed birth and rarer for the births to be separated by more than a few days.

Alexandre and Ronaldo Altunes are fraternal twins born prematurely. Alexandre apparently decided to make a very early appearance at 24 weeks 5 day. He weighed in at 1 pound, 10 ounces

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Doctors said Alexandre was not as eager and they decided to keep him in the womb as long as possible to increase his chances of survival. He was born at 28 weeks, 1 day and weighted in at 3 pounds, 3 ounces.

Lindalva Pinheiro da Silva said her sons are miracles for different reasons. “Everyday I look at them and they are each one in different way – one for staying, the other for surviving.” said Lindalva.

The boys spent three and four months in the hospital before they were released. On the last morning, their father, Ronaldo Antunes, dressed them up in onesies saying “Mom will you” and “Marry dad? Lindalva said, “Yes.”

Doctors said both boys are healthy and have an excellent prognosis. Alexandre weighs 7 pounds, 8 ounces and Ronaldo weighs 8 pounds, 8.5 ounces.


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