After Anakin received mortal wounds on Mustafar, he was rescued, healed, and augmented into the incarnation of Darth Vader we all recognize.

Earlier in Episode III, Palpatine mentioned that Darth Plagueis's apprentice (Darth Sidious) learned everything from his master, implying also that he could keep people from dying.

Do we have any indication that this wasn't a bluff? If not a bluff, did Sidious use this power to keep Vader alive while the medical droids did their work? Or was it solely the work of the droids (or maybe medical personnel)?

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    Scutters. I think it was scutters. – Major Stackings Mar 9 '16 at 1:40
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    The answer to this question is YES – CHEESE Mar 9 '16 at 1:51
  • @CHEESE Aaaaargh! – user31178 Mar 9 '16 at 1:59
  • @CreationEdge Funny, that's exactly what my sister says when I do that. – CHEESE Mar 9 '16 at 2:03
  • @CreationEdge On a more serious note, it could not be YES. Maybe it was Anikin's sensitivity to the Force that saved him? – CHEESE Mar 9 '16 at 2:04

We know from the film's official novelisation that Sidious did indeed use his Force powers (presumably those described earlier in the film) to keep Vader alive while the medical pod was being brought from the shuttle. Beyond that point, we know from other sources that Star Wars medical science is sufficiently advanced that pretty much anyone who gets to a dedicated medical facility will survive almost any level of injury.

Relief swept his doubts away. “Get a medical capsule immediately,” Darth Sidious commanded, and clones ran off to do his bidding. Leaning down, he placed a hand on Darth Vader’s forehead, using the dark side to keep him alive.


The medical capsule kept Darth Vader alive during the trip to Coruscant.

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    Like you said, almost any level of injury. – Ellesedil Mar 10 '16 at 18:18
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    @Ellesedil - Everything save a broken heart. – Valorum Mar 10 '16 at 18:22
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    I was actually hoping the novel would cover this. – user31178 Mar 10 '16 at 18:55

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