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Health & wellness

Rarely used procedure results in twins born 24 days apart

When Lindalva DaSilva’s unborn twins were in danger, doctors performed a rare and risky procedure — delivering one twin while giving the other more time to keep growing

Lindalva DaSilva, 35, had always wanted to be a mother, so she was thrilled when an ultrasound revealed she was pregnant with twins. But when she went into labor on Feb. 27 — nearly four months before her due date — DaSilva was frightened.

At Tufts Medical Center, doctors injected her with magnesium sulfate in an attempt to calm her contractions — babies born at 24 weeks often don’t survive. But after four days, it was clear they could not hold off the birth any longer.

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