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

By Adam Pick on June 22, 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.

Keep on tickin’ Max!
Adam


Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and The Wall Street Journal.

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