my daughter was born at 26 weeks she had to be on the vent for a few hours, then went to the CPAP she also let out a little cry when born which is very good! She was 1lb 10oz which is a lot more than your friends baby but weight isn't always everything, baby could do very well! I hope she is in a level 3 nicu. They do AMAZING with the micro preemies! My daughter is almost three in december and she is a very smart little girl and im not just saying that because im her mother, her dr even thinks she is very smart. Here are then and now pictures for you!