Thursday 27 October 2016

Australian student Tommy (23) adopts his pregnant, homeless cousin (17) to give her a chance at 'a better life'

Published 16/04/2015 | 13:51

Tommy Connolly adopted his 17-year-old cousin
Tommy Connolly adopted his 17-year-old cousin

A 23-year-old student in Australia has decided to adopt his homeless cousin who is pregnant in an effort to give her a chance at 'a better life'.

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Tommy Connolly said he hadn’t seen his 17-year-old cousin for more than ten years when he decided to get in touch.

The University of the Sunshine Coast student found out his cousin had been sleeping rough and was 32 weeks pregnant and illiterate.

Mr Connolly said he’d ‘make sure the she’d keep the baby, stay off the streets and have a better life’ when he found out the baby’s father was in jail.

Writing on Facebook, he said: “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.”

An aspiring athlete, the college student worked selling fruit and vegetables to cover the cost of moving into a new home and preparing for the arrival of the baby.

Last month, he posted a picture to his Facebook page showing both the mother and the baby and wrote: “Well… I just filmed a birth and cut the umbilical cord!”

Mr Connolly’s brother Liam has since set up a fundraising page where people can donate a target of $50,000(AUS) to help the new family get started.

“I set this page up to give Tommy the kick start that he needs and to try and give this little baby boy the life that his mum never had,” he wrote.

“If everyone out there gave just a small amount it could create a life for a new born baby boy that almost missed out had it not been for my brother Tommy stepping in to rescue him from an uncertain future with no family there to protect him.”

On Facebook, the cousin wrote that she was ‘the luckiest girl in the world’.

“Since carrying this gorgeous boy, all of my friends kept telling me that he would be taken away from me,” she said.

“This made my pregnancy very difficult. All I wanted was to give this little man a better life than I had – a second chance was all I wanted. Thank-you, Tommy for everything, and for helping me with my spelling.”

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