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Former Miss Brazil died at 27 after having her tonsils removed


Tonsillectomy is usually an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia and is considered a relatively safe and routine operation.

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The operation, in April, was routine: Gleycy Correia had his tonsils removed.

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But five days later, the former Miss Brazil hemorrhaged and fell into a coma for more than two months.

Now Brazil are mourning their loss. Correia, who was crowned Miss Costa do Sol and Miss United Continents Brazil in 2018, died Monday at age 27 of kidney failure. She never regained consciousness.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss,” family pastor Lidiane Alves told The Washington Post. “She was an incredible woman and very much loved by all. It will not be easy to live without her smile and her radiance.

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The tonsils, two lymph nodes at the back of the throat, help filter out bacteria to prevent infections in the body. They are removed to treat breathing problems that interfere with sleep and sometimes recurring infections. Tonsillectomy, once common, is usually an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. It is considered a relatively safe and routine operation; mortality estimates range from 1 death in 10,000 to 1 in 40,000.

Correia, a model, beautician and influencer with more than 56,000 Instagram followers, was an evangelical Christian who often posted about God and her faith. Born in Macaé, a city on the Brazilian Atlantic coast 200 km northeast of Rio de Janeiro, she worked from an early age.

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“We will never know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice,” she wrote in an Instagram post, according to the Daily Mail. “I really wasn’t born in a golden cradle, I come from a very humble family, but I’m so proud, really proud of it.”

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Correia was buried Tuesday surrounded by family and friends.

“God chose this day to retrieve our princess,” wrote Pastor Jak Abreu, a family friend. “We know she will be sorely missed, but now she will light up the sky with her smile. She fulfilled her purpose and left us her legacy of love!

Correia was known for working on social projects at her church, particularly one focused on helping women affected by breast cancer.

“Gleycy will always be remembered for her enlightened beauty, joy and empathy shown in her work,” Brazil’s National Beauty Pageant wrote on Instagram.

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“My heart is in pieces,” Alves wrote. “That smile I received at each end of service with a hug and an I love you, beautiful pastor.”

Followers left hundreds of condolence messages on her Instagram account. The final message, by his family, shows an illustration of a smiling Correia embracing Jesus with a quote from the New Testament Book of Timothy:

“I fought the good fight, I finished the race, I kept the faith.”

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