The "Darth Vader" boy, who channeled the "Star Wars" character in a popular 2011 Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial, is recovering nicely after open-heart surgery.

Max Page, 7, had surgery Thursday at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles for a congenital heart defect.

"Max had a great night," his mother, Jennifer Page, said Sunday, according to a spokesman for the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. "This morning, he is able to get himself out of bed and walk around a little bit."

It's another move forward on the road to recovery for Max, who was smiling, talking and giving his mom "the thumbs up" by Friday.

"I am happy," Max said Saturday, according to Jennifer Page, and he is also raising money for patients who can't afford treatments at the children's hospital.

Attending physician Dr. Sylvia Del Castillo said Max is "in very good condition." The young actor, who's had recurring roles on "The Young and the Restless" and "Prime Suspect," is on medication for his blood pressure, which, as of Saturday, was keeping him in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

According to People.com, Max is now focusing on simple things, like blowing bubbles and drinking juice.

"Last night he said, 'How do I get all these things off me?' " his mom said. "So we wrote a goal list on the white board." Other goals: sitting in a chair, walking and eating.

Max has previously undergone several operations, including Thursday's surgery to replace a pulmonary valve. The new, small adult-sized valve should last 10 to 15 years.

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