Boy in VW’s mini-Darth Vader Super Bowl ad had a successfully open-heart surgery

Article by Anita Panait, on June 19, 2012

Doctors at Children's Hospital Los Angeles today performed a successful open-heart surgery on seven-year old Max Page, who starred in Volkswagen's popular Super Bowl commercial as mini-Darth Vader, hospital spokesman Lorenzo Benet disclosed. Page has a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. He is expected to remain hospitalized until next week and will be in recovery for another six to eight weeks, Benet said.

Dr. Vaughn Starnes, the primary surgeon for the procedure, said in a statement that they successfully replaced Page’s pulmonary valve during the operation, which took them two hours with no complications.

Page’s doctors had long anticipated the valve replacement surgery. They had tried to preserve his pulmonary valve but it deteriorated over time.

Page, who has been receiving treatment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles since he was an infant, serves as a junior ambassador for the facility. Prior to his operation, Page told reporters that he had to undergo the procedure and had decided to have a "good attitude" about it.

Dr. Ralph Mosca, professor in the department of cardiothoracic surgery and pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center, remarked that children with Tetralogy of Fallot can enjoy a normal life after a procedure.

Page appeared in the much popular VW ad during the live broadcast of the 2011 Super Bowl. He wore a Darth Vader costume and tried vainly to use "The Force" to start a household dryer and rouse a pet dog. He then tried to use “The Force” on the family's Volkswagen Passat, which to his surprise started without him knowing that his father actually did it by remote control. Page also has appeared in "The Young and the Restless" and "Prime Suspect."

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Cadillac’s CT6 full-size prestige-luxury sedan is still somewhat new. It has been offered to the global auto market for two model years – 2016 and 2017. But for those who...
by - February 19, 2017
In many industries, it is the rivalries that make things exciting. In basketball for example, there is the well-known rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers against the Boston Celtics. For...
by - February 19, 2017
Now on sale in several major markets around the world including Europe, the BMW 5 Series (G30) heralds the arrival of the new seventh generation and represents a whole new...
by - February 19, 2017
Just recently, it was speculated that a new Porsche Cayman GT4 RS is coming. There is no official confirmation yet from the German sports car maker, but the arrival of...
by - February 18, 2017
Will there be a BMW M4 CS? Apparently, there is a Club Sport version of the BMWM4 after it was sighted in California doing a shoot for a new commercial...
by - February 18, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries