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Influencer, 19, Dies After Emergency Liver Transplant: 'Her Body Did Not Survive'

Influencer, 19, Dies After Emergency Liver Transplant: 'Her Body Did Not Survive'

“I thank everyone for the prayers and affection dedicated to me and my family in this moment of extreme suffering," Maria Sofia Valim's father said

<p>Maria Sofia Valim/Instagram</p> Maria Sofia Valim

Maria Sofia Valim/Instagram

Maria Sofia Valim

Maria Sofia Valim, a 19-year-old Brazilian influencer, has died due to health complications following an emergency liver transplant.

On Saturday, her father, Vitor Valim — who is the mayor of the Brazilian municipality of Caucaia — announced her unexpected death on Instagram.

"It is with the deepest pain and sadness that I inform everyone of the passing of my beloved daughter Sofia," he wrote in a translated statement. "Unfortunately, her body did not survive. I thank everyone for the prayers and affection dedicated to me and my family in this moment of extreme suffering."

“I would like to ask for everyone's understanding at this time of so much pain,” he added in the caption. “Wake and burial ceremonies will be limited to family only.”

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<p>Maria Sofia Valim/Instagram</p>

Maria Sofia Valim/Instagram

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Two days prior, Vitor shared in another Instagram statement that Maria Sofia — who was studying to become a lawyer — found a donor match and had successfully undergone the procedure.

“After following the legal procedures and joining the liver transplant queue, Sofia was able to find a donor due to the urgency of her case,” her father wrote. “This morning a compatible donor was found and the surgery was carried out successfully. However, the next 48 hours will still be observation so that we can know if Sofia’s body will accept the new organ.”

In one of her final Instagram posts, Maria Sofia shared a photo while attending the Brazil leg of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour.

<p>Maria Sofia Valim/Instagram</p> Maria Sofia Valim

Maria Sofia Valim/Instagram

Maria Sofia Valim

Following her death, several fans of the influencer commented underneath the photo and shared their grief over the unexpected news.

“Rest in peace Sofia You had so much left to live. I was so rooting for you to come out of this. Feeling like I lost a friend,” one fan said.

“The most beautiful princess!” wrote fellow influencer Livia Benocio. “You shone here and you will shine like a little star beside our Father! Rest in peace. Family and friends cry at her departure but Heaven is celebrating welcoming you.”

“May God welcome you with open arms! You were and always will be very special ❤️” said content creator Giovanna de Freitas.

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