Little Darth Vader & Walking

June 28, 2012 by staff 

Little Darth Vader & Walking, Grinning and cracking jokes at a press conference on Monday announcing his discharge from the hospital, “Little Darth Vader” showed that The Force is once again strong with him. Max Page, 7, who shot to fame after playing a miniature Darth Vader in a popular Volkswagen Passat 2011 Super Bowl commercial is a step closer to ruling his empire again after undergoing open-heart surgery last week.

He faces six to eight weeks of recovery after the two-hour surgery, which replaced the pulmonary valve in his heart on Thursday as a result of a congenital defect that was diagnosed when he was three months old.

“That little boy, he’s still there,” his father, Buck Page, told NBC News. “It didn’t change him. He’s full of life, full of energy, engaging, cares about people.”

“If you use your force and dream big, you can achieve anything,” Max said at the press conference. “We may be small, but we’re mighty.”

This was Page’s eighth surgery in seven years, and his first open-heart procedure. He suffers from Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect that limits oxygen in the blood. He will need an operation again in 10 to 15 years to once again replace his valve.

The limited oxygen in his blood had made the active young boy sluggish, a condition the surgery is expected to correct. Max can now gradually return to his whirlwind life, which includes acting in commercials and recurring roles on “The Young and the Restless” and “Prime Suspect.” He also is an ambassador to Children’s Hospital, helping to raise money for other kids with heart ailments.

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