Everyone’s Favorite Mini Darth Vader Recovers From Heart Surgery, Adorably Cites ‘The Force’

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darth vaderMax Page, the 7-year-old boy who most likely ended up in your Facebook feed around the 2011 Super Bowl with his Darth Vader video, is back in the news under “heartwarming.” The Internet star underwent a 2-hour open heart surgery to replace the pulmonary valve — his eighth surgery in seven years. And despite facing six to eight weeks of recovery, the blonde little boy hosted a press conference in which he used some Star Wars sentiments to describe his courage.

George Lucas is sure to appreciate that plug.

Max was diagnosed with a congenital defect at three month old, limiting oxygen to his heart and therefore making him feel pretty tired — despite what he manages to turn on for the cameras. The child actor will need to have another surgery in about 10 to 15 years, but his optimism is apparently resilient:

“If you use your force and dream big, you can achieve anything,’’ Max said at the press conference. “We may be small, but we’re mighty.’’

Despite his professional commitments on shows like The Young and the Restless and Prime Suspect, Max also seems to have the time and energy to be an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital, raising money for children with heart troubles. But even with Max’s seemingly positive disposition and strength, his mother, Jennifer Page, appears to have felt the same panic as any mother:

“There’s no feeling like when you actually have to hand your child over and you hope that you’ll see them alive again,’’ Jennifer told NBC News.

Wonder if “The Force” helped her in that waiting room.

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