June 13th, 2012
12:15 PM ET

'Mini Darth Vader' to have open heart surgery

The mini-“Darth Vader” who stole our hearts with his adorable Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial last year needs to get his own heart fixed.

Seven-year-old Max Page, who played a pint-size version of the iconic “Star Wars” character in the viral car commercial, will undergo open heart surgery Thursday, as his parents said Wednesday on the "Today" show.

The young actor, who has also played Reed on “The Young and the Restless,” was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone a series of surgeries over the years.

When Page checks in to Children's Hospital in Los Angeles Thursday, doctors will replace his pulmonary valve and repair a hole in his heart.

The 7-year-old has admitted that he's scared and nervous, but the "Star Wars" character he once portrayed is helping to ease his fears. Page told his parents, "When I'm Darth, I feel strong," and added to NBC News, "If you use your Force  and dream big, you can achieve anything."

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. hoser

    may god bless you and your family , the force will bring you through , please keep us updated

    June 22, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Elaine

    I was born with TOF. I had my first surgery 10 months old, second 2 years old and last at 13 yrs. I am going to be 64 in1 month. You can do anything if you think positive. God does have a plan for Max. Treat him like a normal kid and he will
    grow up to believe he can try anything. I have driven race cars, helmet diving at the bottom of the ocean, swim with dolphins, been to Australia, Europe, Alaska, in a hot air balloon, play tennis, golf, did para sailing, and so much more. Believe in yourself Max. God bless you. Elaine

    June 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nelson

    To Max and your parents, both of my sons were born with this and to give you all some peace of mind they are now 22 and 24 and doing just great!!! Stay strong and continue to do great things, I sure we'll see you on the big screen soon doing bigger and greater things to come!!! 🙂

    June 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. G

    Get better lil Darth! May the Force Be With You!!!

    June 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
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  5. Kaitlyn

    Prayers, hugs, love and our thoughts are with you. Please don't be scared and we all look forward to seeing you again very soon. Thinking of you.............you're such a sweet little guy! Oh, I never saw you as Reed but loved you as Darth.....

    June 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. E

    Use the force! In all seriousness, I hope the kid's surgery goes well and that he's able to live a long and healthy life. Heart surgery is pretty scary, but he can pull through.

    June 14, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jimi

    Stay strong, Max! We're all praying for you!

    June 14, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. something something something dark side

    You can destroy this dilemma!! I have foreseen this!! It is your destiny!! Return to us and rule the galaxy with charm and fun!!

    June 14, 2012 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Denise

    I have seen the commercial and I have seen him on The Young & Restless playing Reed. He's such a cute kid! Best wishes to him!

    June 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Merlin

    You have a lot of living ahead of you. This will be a piece of cake...as Yoda once said " Powerful Jedi was he.. powerful Jedi. We will hear from you when you wake up.
    All the best kiddo.

    June 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bridget

    Best wishes,stay strong...:)

    June 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. eyegirl

    Be strong little man, you have the best team of doctors there and they'll fix you up like new. God bless you.

    June 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. k9zgirl

    Prayers sent little Darth:))

    June 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Deonne

    He's the best Darth Vader impersonator i've ever seen.Get well soon little dude.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yoda

    May the force be with you

    June 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. HG

    Oh, poor kid! He was so cute on that commercial. I like what he said. If you use your force and dream big, you can achieve anything. Out of the mouths of babes!

    June 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. quiet

    I love that commercial . Hope all goes well for the little man . Stay strong kiddo.

    June 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |

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