Seven year old Max Page who starred in the popular car commercial as a miniature Darth Vader will have open heart surgery later this week to replace a pulmonary valve. If you recall in the 2011 Super Bowl advertisement for the Volkswagen Passat, Max wears a Darth Vader outfit and resembles a pint-sized version of the famous villain from the "Star Wars" movies.
Max was born with a congenital heart defect called the Tetralogy of Fallot, according to a statement released by the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles where surgery is scheduled to take place tomorrow.
The boy’s heart valve has deteriorated over time, said Dr Vaughn Starnes, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the hospital who will perform the procedure.
"It has not grown very well, so it’s creating a problem for the heart to empty out into the pulmonary arteries," Starnes said in a statement. "He needs a new valve and that’s the planned operation."
According to Max’s mother is finally coming to grips with his fear towards tomorrow’s procedure after being told on Sunday that he is in need of this heart surgery. His mother went on to say:
"Initially, Max was crying and repeating how scared he was," his mother wrote. "We unpeeled the layers by asking what exactly he was afraid of and tackled each issue as he could verbalize it."
Max’s mother added in the statement that her son has since said he does not have a choice about the surgery, and that he "might as well go through it with a good attitude."