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Bill Clinton bumps into one of his life-saving surgeons


Bill Clinton met an old acquaintance — a surgeon who helped save his life during one of his famous major heart surgeries — under unusual circumstances, according to Page Six.

Sources say celebrity chef Donatella Arpaia was visited by the Secret Service on Wednesday about a “highly recognizable individual” who wanted to dine at her new Miami restaurant, NOMA Beach at Redfish.

We are told they even asked the chef to prepare a vegan menu for the VIP guest, who wanted to accommodate a table of 12.

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Dr Stewart was part of a team of four surgeons who performed his quadruple bypass surgery that made headlines.
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However, at the last minute, the security team told Arpaia that their man ultimately couldn’t come – as they couldn’t secure the restaurant as the entire dining space is in direct contact with the Atlantic Ocean.

Arpaia guessed that the special guest was President Clinton, who, in this case, her husband, Dr. Allan Stewart, operated nearly 19 years ago in New York.

Page Six learns that when Clinton, 76, found out about Arpaia’s relationship with Dr. Stewart, he immediately invited them to join the intimate lunch at their new location – the Biltmore Hotel.

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We were told that the Secret Service would not allow the former president to dine at Arpaia’s restaurant because they could not secure a location that is directly on the ocean.
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We are told that Clinton invited Arpaia and Dr. Stewart to lunch with him when he learned of their connection.
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Luckily for the president, he had followed his heart-healthy diet when he ordered the vegan menu at Arpaia and hadn’t tried to sneak a double cheeseburger – or he might have some tough questions to answer from the part of the doctor. .

We’re told Arpaia arrived with a vegan chocolate cake for the 42nd president with a message on it that read, “Celebrating 19 years.”

Dr Stewart remarked: “He looks healthier now than when he came in for surgery.”

As previously reported, Clinton underwent a series of heart operations, beginning with a quadruple bypass that made headlines in 2004. Dr. Stewart was a member of the three-person heart surgery team that performed the procedure. .

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.