Gladys Rivera, her son Felix, daughter Marisela, and son William with Vice President George H.W. Bush at the White House in 1987.

North Shore doctor will never forget the day that President George H.W. Bush called

It was a Saturday afternoon in summer of 2004 and Marisela Marrero was back home in Puerto Rico on vacation after graduating from Harvard Medical School. She was on her way to visit her uncle when her cell phone rang and “Private” showed up on caller ID.

If that were to happen today, she might very well hit “Decline” figuring it was an unwanted telemarketing call. Fortunately, she hit “Accept” and got the surprise of her life.

“Is this Marisela Marrero?” asked a man with a slight Southern drawl, and Marrero immediately knew who was on the line, though she could hardly believe the 41st president of the United States was calling her.

“This is George Bush from…

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