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

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 Pick
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