Wednesday, June 13, 2012

May the Force Be with Him: Mini-Darth Vader to Undergo Heart Surgery

The pint-sized star of last year's popular "Mini-Darth Vader" Volkswagen Passat commercial that aired during the Super Bowl is set to undergo delicate heart surgery.

Seven-year-old Max Page will have surgery in Los Angeles today to repair a congenital heart defect that has left a hole in the boy's heart and to replace a pulmonary valve. Max gained instant fame after appearing in the adorable commercial, where he dressed up as Star War's villain Darth Vader and tried to use his powers over his Mom, inanimate household objects and even the pet dog, to no avail. The Mini-Darth is delighted, however, when he is able to use his powers to start the family car, a Volkswagen, with a little help from his Dad and a remote key device.

Little Max was diagnosed with the heart defect when only he was only a few months old and has had a pacemaker installed to help control his heart. Max has also served as an Ambassador to the Children's Hosptial of Los Angeles, helping to raise money for other children suffering from similar conditions. May the Force Be With You, Max...

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