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‘Darth Vader’ Boy Who Had 12 Heart Surgeries to Meet with Congressional Leaders: ‘I Can Be the Face for Healthcare’

The pint-sized Darth Vader who captured hearts in a popular 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial is now advocating for better child health care policies.

Max Page, 12, was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot at birth and has gone through a dozen heart surgeries. Since appearing in the adorable ad six years ago, he has used his platform to emphasize how pediatric specialty care for his heart has enabled him to live an active and normal life. 

“I hope that I can be the face for healthcare and show them that kids have health problems and that we didn’t do anything to deserve this,” Max, who wears a pacemaker and has an artificial pulmonary heart valve, tells PEOPLE. “It just happened to us.”


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