LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Max Page, aka Mini Darth Vader from the Volkswagen Passat 2011 Super Bowl commercial, will undergo surgery today. Max Page delighted fans with his portrayal of a mini Darth Vader in the highly acclaimed commercial for the Volkswagen Passat for the 2011 Super Bowl.
But this week, Page told news that he will undergo open heart surgery. Today’s heart surgery will be Page’s eighth since birthday. Page will receive a replacement valve that will last him until around age 17. He will have then undergo surgery at age 17 to replace today’s valve and undergo another surgery ten years later to replace his valve yet again.
In a news conference this week, Page and officials from the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles explained the procedure. Page said he will be in the hospital for five days following the surgery. Page suffers from a congenital heart defect since just after birth. Since roughly age 3, Page has lived with a pacemaker.
Dr. Michael Silka tells news that the procedure today insures flow of blood between heart and lungs. The hospital has set up a fundraising page located HERE. Nearly seven thousand dollars of the twenty-thousand goal has been donated.