David and Lauren Vinje were full of anxiety when Lauren gave birth at only 34 weeks because of complications. They were not sure if Freya, their little daughter would survive. But all those doubts and anxieties are gone now. Freya is already four years old and has younger siblings.
People magazine interviewed Lauren in 2016, and she said, “I started seeing flashing lights.” She also had preeclampsia, a complication of high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and swelling in hands and feet.
The parents of Freya became anxious when the doctor said the heart rate of their daughter was dropping. The situation forced Laura to undergo the caesarian section. But because the couple and their friends keep on praying, Laura successfully gave birth to a 4 lbs and 4 oz baby girl. Freya stayed for a month in the NICU before going home.
When Freya was only 5 days old, the couple took a photo of her smiling. The photo quickly became viral. Their smiling preemie has brought so much joy, and it emancipated and felt by people who have seen the photograph. Freya’s photo is a message to remain positive in spite of all our struggles in life. David and Lauren shared the picture to give hope to parents around the world who are in a similar situation.
Lauren said about Freya’s photo that went viral, “It puts a smile on our faces, and we thought it could do that for others as well.” The throwback photo Lauren posted on the Facebook page, Love What Matters, got 300,000 likes, 11,000 plus comments, 53,000 shares, and counting. It affects a lot of people positively.
"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…
Up to this day, Lauren and David are urging other people to remain positive whether they’re struggling as parents or not. Lauren’s best advice to couples who have preemies is to always pray.
She said, “Never give up. Stay positive and stay strong. Try to be there as much as possible and hold them as much as you can and take in those moments because they are so precious.”