They might be twins, but Alexandre and Ronaldo Antunes will be celebrating their birthdays nearly a month apart after premature labor sent one of them into the world early.
The twins' mother, Lindalva Pinheiro da Silva, went into premature labor at only 24 weeks into her pregnancy, according to ABC News .
Doctors tried stopping the labor, but Alexandre was born four days later – almost 16 weeks premature. They were able, however, to prevent Ronaldo from being born for another 24 days.
Infants born at 24 weeks have a nearly 50 percent fatality rate, doctors said. Those who do survive face a high likelihood of medical and developmental complications.
Nevertheless, both Alexandre and Ronaldo are now healthy and at home after spending several months in the hospital.
“They’re my miracle babies,” da Silva said. “Ronaldo because he stayed inside and Alexandre because he’s a survivor.”
And the icing on the cake? Just before leaving the hospital, da Silva's boyfriend popped the question with matching outfits for the twins reading "Mom will you … marry dad?"
Family holds out hope father is found alive
His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with…
Parents raise awareness after son killed on I-69
The parents of a construction worker who was killed on Interstate 69 on May 9 are speaking out and hoping for change.
Crash kills Ind. teen pilot seeking world record
The plane of an Indiana father-son team attempting to fly around the world has crashed after taking off from American Samoa.
Concern grows for Hoosiers in Israel
Concern was growing for an Indiana group of religious tourists who flew to Israel just before all U.S. airlines were grounded from leaving or…
Watchdog details what's right, wrong about DCS
The Indiana Department of Child Services handles cases appropriately most of the time, but "there's always room for change," said a leader…
Lake Co. judge strikes down Ind. right-to-work
A Lake County judge struck down Indiana's right-to-work ban on certain union fees in a second legal blow to the contentious law passed in 2012.