A touching and inspiring photo showing a premature baby with a big smile on her face has gone viral after being shared on Facebook.
A baby was born at just thirty four weeks, and the mother and father were worried that she would not survive.
But after just five days, the little one perked up and flashed the best smile we have ever seen. You are going to love this story when you watch the video.
At just thirty four weeks along, the baby named Freya was delivered via cesarean section because of severe complications. Lauren was suffering from preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication characterized by dangerously high blood pressure. “I knew something was wrong when I got so swollen I couldn’t fit my hands together around my ankles. Then I started seeing flashing lights.”
While it was touch and go for a while, after five days, little Freya was able to open her eyes and give one of the broadest smiles we have ever seen.
At that moment, Freya’s parents knew in their hearts that everything would work out for their family. However, Freya went on to spend another month in the NICU before she could be brought home.
“It’s crazy for us to be able to look at that photo and look at her now she really hasn’t changed other than she’s almost 2 and bigger,” says Lauren. “She’s literally the same person as that photo shows.”
This year, with Freya being a happy and totally healthy toddler, her parents decided to share their story of hope and faith on the website Love What Matters, saying:
“Our first daughter at five days old. 3 lbs. 14 oz., she was happy to be alive! This picture was one I looked at often to get me through the ups and downs of our NICU days. Life is so precious.”
She wanted to get the picture out there because it has brought their family so much joy. It puts a smile on faces and is a constant reminder to keep things in perspective and stay positive.
The Facebook post has been shared hundreds of thousands of times, with several thousand comments.
Freya is now thriving, the ABC News reported.
“Honestly, she is the best thing that has happened to us,” Vinje told ABC News. “We go to the store and she’s the friendliest little girl and she says hi to everybody. She’s so fun. She’s so happy. That picture at 5 days old, you can see her little personality and you look at her now, and she hasn’t changed. She’s still the happy little girl in that photo.”