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Gleycy Correia, the winner of Miss United Continents Brazil 2018 and Miss Costa del Sol 2018, was only 27 years old when she died on Monday after a botched tonsil removal surgery, according to PEOPLE.
After five days of getting the “routine procedure” of getting her tonsils removed, Correia “suffered a hemorrhage and then fell into a coma,” according to reports. Afterwards, the beautician and model never regained consciousness, dying of kidney failure two months later.
The Miss United Continents Organization paid their respects to Correia through a series of social media tributes.
In a statement, a spokesperson called her a “beautiful young lady with such joy for life.”
“We are deeply saddened by this loss,” family pastor Lidiane Alves told the newspaper. “She was an amazing woman and much loved by everyone. It won’t be easy to live without her smile and shine.”
“My heart is in pieces,” added Alves.
The mortality rate for the operation is estimated at 1 per 10,000 to 40,000 surgeries.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a tonsillectomy is usually a relatively simple and common outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. Recovery time usually only takes 10 days to two weeks.
“I want to extend my most sincere condolences to her family,” the social media spokesperson continued, adding that Correia was a “beautiful, smart and sweet girl who leaves with us the happiest memories that will ever be kept in this organization.”
Per PEOPLE, Correia was laid to rest Tuesday.
Correia was also an active member of the church, and faith was a large part of her identity.
Her final Instagram post, which was shared by family after her death, is an illustration of Correia embracing Jesus. Under the photo, the caption reads:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”