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Sue and Gene Jackson of Dickinson, N.D., hold three of the children who are recovering from malnutrition at Casa Jackson in Antigua, Guatemala. Submitted photo

Nutrition is the mission at Casa Jackson: Guatemala hospital for malnourished children started by a couple from North Dakota


DICKINSON, N.D. — Sue and Gene Jackson of Dickinson were surrounded by babies when they visited the Casa Jackson malnutrition hospital in Antigua, Guatemala, but Gene was drawn to 2-year-old Rudy.

The child was listless and weighed 13 pounds when he arrived. Gene encouraged him to eat, changed his diapers, rocked him and taught him to play “patty cakes.”

“After a week, Rudy was smiling, he could sit up and he was much more responsive to human stimulation,” Gene said.

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