Former Miss Brazil dies at 27 after tonsil removal

A 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: Glacey Correia had her tonsils removed.

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

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

“We are deeply saddened by this loss,” family pastor Lydian Alves told The Washington Post. “She was an amazing woman and everyone loved her very much. Living without her smile and brilliance will not be easy.”

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

Correia, a model, beautician and influencer with over 56,000 Instagram followers, was an evangelical Christian who wrote frequently about God and her faith. Born in Macae, a city on Brazil’s Atlantic coast 190 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro, she worked from an early age.

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“We will never know how strong we are until strength 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’m from a very humble family, but I’m so proud of it, very proud.”

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Correia was buried Tuesday surrounded by family and friends.

“God has chosen this day to take our princess,” Pastor Yak Abreu, a family friend, wrote. “We know she will be greatly missed, but now she will light up the sky with her smile. She fulfilled her destiny and left us a legacy of love!”

Correia was known for working on social projects in her church, especially one aimed at helping women suffering from breast cancer.

“Glacy will always be remembered for her radiant beauty, joy and empathy shown in her work,” Brazil’s national beauty pageant wrote on Instagram.

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“My heart is broken into pieces,” Alves wrote. “I received this smile at the end of the service with hugs and the words “I love you, wonderful pastor.”

Followers left hundreds of condolence messages on her Instagram account. Her family’s latest post shows an illustration of a smiling Correia embracing Jesus, with a quote from the New Testament Book of Timothy:

“I have fought a good fight, I have completed my course, I have kept the faith.”

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