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23-Year-Old Man Becomes A Father And Grandfather Out Of The Blue

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It's not unusual for a person in their twenties to be a father, but being a grandfather at the tender age of 23? Well, that's certainly not a normal occurrence, unless you're Tommy Connolly.

Tommy was your regular college kid, who juggled his studies with a social life and a part-time job. He was passionate about becoming a champion sprinter, so he trained hard to improve his stride and hoped to represent Australia one day.

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However, life as he knew it changed after he received a Facebook message out of the blue one December. Tommy was suddenly a father.

After his 17-year-old cousin, Angela, contacted him via the social media platform, Tommy found out that she had previously battled a drug addiction, dropped out of school, became homeless, and was 32 weeks pregnant. At the time, the father of the unborn child was in prison.

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Family is very important to Tommy, so he didn't think twice about bringing his teenage cousin, who he hadn't seen in 10 years, to his home as he devised a plan to make her life better.

"I went and picked her up and she basically started telling me about her situation, which was hard for me to hear because she was my favorite little cousin when I was growing up," he told Daily Mail Australia.

"It's not her fault she's just a little girl who needed help. "Obviously I'm not going to let her stay on the streets," he added.

Tommy then did the unexpected: he legally adopted Angela. He then used up the $2,800 he saved from his job to cover the cost of moving into a new house and buy items for the baby.

A week later, Angela gave birth to a son, which makes Tommy the baby's legal grandfather.

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If you're wondering what life been like for Tommy since becoming a father and grandfather almost at the same time you're not alone, and he has a lot say about it.

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