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Child who played little Darth Vader recovering after open heart surgery

Max Page, 7, starring as a little Darth Vader in a popular Volkswagen Superbowl ad in 2011.
Max Page, 7, starring as a little Darth Vader in a popular Volkswagen Superbowl ad in 2011.

Max Page who played the adorable little Darth Vader in a popular VW commercial is recovering at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles after a successful open heart surgery.

“The surgery today went very well,”  Page’s surgeon, Vaughn Starnes said Thursday. “We went in to replace his pulmonary valve, which we did without incident. Max is in the cardiac ICU and recovering very well.”

According to the hospital's web site, the surgery took two hours. The seven-year-old is expected to remain in the East Hollywood hospital through the weekend.

 “I’m feeling like this morning was very difficult, but the surgery went extremely well,” Max's mother Jennifer Page said in a statement. “On the healing side, we need all the prayers and all the encouragement we can. The next 48 hours are so crucial in Max’s recovery. We love the outpouring of support that everyone has shown and the kindness from family, friends and strangers has been tremendous.”

Max was born with a congenital heart defect. Thursday was his ninth surgery. 

The child actor who co-stars on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" is an ambasador for Children's Hospital and encourages other youngsters to stay positive.

“If you use your force and dream big, you can achieve anything. We may be small but we are mighty,” he says.

Max reached national popularity in 2011 when the Volkswagen commercial that he starred in went viral after it was aired during the Super Bowl. The spot, dubbed "The Force", has racked up over 54 million views on YouTube.

The Pages expressed gratitude to the public support of their son. Many have donated to Max's charity page,

“Every dollar that is given in Max’s honor means so much to us and all the children at this hospital,” Mrs. Page said Thursday.