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Smiling preemie photo makes the world smile

Credit: Lauren Vinje/ Facebook (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

A photo of a smiling 5-day-old preemie has become a worldwide sensation, inspiring others, including the parents of other children born prematurely.

Lauren Vinje shared the picture of her daughter on the "Love What Matters" page on Facebook.

Vinje says the picture as taken when her daughter, born on Thanksgiving Day 2014, was just five days old and weighed just 3 lbs. and 4 oz.

Freya was born at 28 weeks and remained in the NICU until Dec. 21.

"She was happy to be alive," Vinje wrote on the Facebook post. "This picture was one I looked at often to get me through the ups and downs of our NICU days. Life is so precious."

Two years later, Freya is doing great.