Words and Photos by Thomas Hengge

Normally he would sleep over at his girlfriend’s house. The night before his father died, something told him to come home.

On March 20 at 4:30 a.m., Kyle Jackowski was jolted awake by screams echoing throughout his parent’s Long Island home. It was his mother, Sally.

Bursting into the room, he found his father, Chris, sitting up on the bed, both feet on the floor, breathing rapidly, heavily, trying to catch his breath, delirious from fever hallucinations. Sally was frantically trying to figure out what was wrong with her husband.

“I jumped up out…

Thomas Walter Hengge

Thomas Hengge is an New York-based photojournalist.

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