Little Darth Vader Max Page to undergo open-heart surgeryAdd to Favorites | Today
Dr. Michael Silka of Children's Hospital Los Angeles tells "Today" that the artery that carries the blood between the heart and the lungs is almost the size of an infant's artery - he likens it to trying to pump gas through a straw.
"Doctors have told us Max has not known how good he can feel ... so this is going to enable him to become even more active, which is hard to believe," Buck Page, Max's father, tells Ann Curry in an interview.
Jennifer Page, Max's mom, also has shared via press release what Max has said about the surgery: "Mom, I don't have a choice. I have to go through it. I don't like it and it's still scary, but I have to, so I think I might as well go through it with a good attitude."
Max's parents also tell "Today" that he is taking a pair of Darth Vader headphones with him to the surgery and when they asked him why, he said, "Because when I'm Darth, I feel strong."