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A grandfather in Massachusetts is getting birthday wishes from strangers from around the world after a photo of him went viral on Facebook.

Alfred Birch, 97, was in the hospital for several days earlier this month. His family feared he might not make it to see his 98th birthday on March 28.

To lift his spirits, his granddaughter, Julia Geswell, posted a photo of him on her Facebook page, asking people to share the post.

In the photo, the smiling Alfred is holding a sign that reads, "My daughter does not think I can get 98 likes for being 98 years old. Can we prover her wrong? Please share! 1 like = respect!!!"

The image was posted online on March 6, in anticipation of Alfred's upcoming birthday. So far, it's been shared more than 30,000 times!

Fortunately, Alfred pulled through and is now home and doing much better. He's counting down the days until he turns 98, with people as far as Russia and Peru sending their birthday wishes.

"[My grandfather] knows what the Internet is, so I explained to him that I put it on social media and people are sharing it with other people," Julia told Inside Edition. She added that Alfred "loves seeing all the happiness on Facebook."

As a birthday present for her beloved grandfather, Julia is preparing a binder filled with all the birthday wishes from people around the world.

Happy birthday, Alfred!

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