Inspiring photo of premature newborn's heartwarming smile goes viral

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A mom's photo of her smiling preemie daughter is going viral.

Meet Lauren Vinje's daughter. She's happy, healthy and beautiful. Without the tube in her nose and the wires on her body, you would have no idea she was a preemie and spent weeks in the NICU. She only weighed 3 pounds when she was born.


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"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," Lauren said.

Lauren's picture has been shared almost 50,000 times. Each share acts as an online support system, inspiring other families to come forward and share similar experiences.

Hundreds of thousands of pictures and comments have been left on Lauren's post:

Each baby is doing better than the next.

Scroll through to see another incredible story:

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Paisley Morrison-Johnson was born with an adult-sized tongue caused by a rare genetic condition, Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome.

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She was unable to breathe on her own for the first week of her life and required a feeding tube in her stomach for six months.

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The tongue grew back after the first surgery but after her second reduction, Paisley can now smile for the first time.

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The now 16-month-old will now be able to speak her first words. 

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And just look at how adorable that smile is!

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