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.’’
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.
“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.’’
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