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Little Darth Vader, Max Page, Recovering From Pulmonary Valve Replacement Surgery

Posted by Adam Pick on June 22nd, 2012

I just learned that Max Page, the 7-year old actor who played ‘Little Darth Vader’ in a viral Volkswagen commercial, is recovering from pulmonary heart valve replacement surgery.

Max Page, Little Darth Vader & Heart Surgery Patient

It turns out that Doctor Vaughn Starnes, my cardiac surgeon, from USC Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, replaced the pulmonary valve, which was diagnosed as a congenital defect when Max was just 3 months old.

Dr. Vaughn Starnes
Dr. Vaughn Starnes – Max’s Heart Surgeon

Commenting on the 2-hour heart valve surgery, Dr. Starnes noted, “We replaced his pulmonary valve without any complications.” According to reports, Max was released four days after the procedure.

In case you missed Max’s viral video, which has been viewed over 53 million times on YouTube, here it is:

Keep on tickin’ Max!

Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick A dad, a husband and a patient, Adam Pick founded this website in 2006 to educate you about heart valve surgery from diagnosis to recovery.
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