For those of us lucky enough to have a family around us who we can depend on in times of trouble we can’t imagine the horror of finding ourselves alone and needing help.

But that’s just what happened to a 17-year-old girl who had struggled through tragedy, battled depression and addiction and found herself homeless and pregnant.


She had nobody to turn to other than a cousin who was just 6 years older than her. Her cousin’s response made a complete difference to her life and what this young man has taken on has warmed hearts around the world.



Tommy Connolly, 23, from Calga, Australia, was leading the life of a regular 23-year-old: studying hard, training as an athlete and working part-time.

But a Facebook message he received one day from his 17-year-old cousin, who is not been named for legal reasons, would change his life forever.

His cousin needed help and without any hesitation this remarkable young man opened his home to her without any hesitation.



His cousin reached out to Tommy in an act of desperation; she had nowhere else to go and was pregnant.

With the baby’s father in j*ail and her parents not around, Tommy said he took her in “to make sure she’d keep the baby, stay off the streets and have a better life”, The Independent newspaper reports.

‘Nobody deserves the life she’s had’

He not only opened his doors to her, he also adopted her.

In a Facebook message Tommy wrote of his cousin: ” “This was her only option. She’s spent more time on the streets than anywhere else, and knows the police better than she knows her own family.

“She could write the book on traumatic experiences. Not many people know her story. It’s very intense. Nobody deserves the life she’s had.”

Just one week after adopting his cousin, she had a baby, making Tommy a grandfather.


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