Katheryn Deprill's story began with a sad, some would even say a tragic, beginning -- but the young woman known as the "Burger King Baby" was determined to find her birth mother and, three weeks after launching a Facebook website to facilitate her search, she did just that. A story that began more than two-and-a-half decades ago has come full circle, but with a happier set of circumstances this time around, as the 27-year-old not only found her birth mother, but met and spoke with her. But there's quite a bit more to this story at both ends...
The Associated Press reported (via Yahoo News) March 25 that Katheryn Deprill, whose search for the mother that abandoned her as a newborn in a Burger King restaurant in Allentown, Pa., in 1986 made international headlines less than a month ago, found the woman that gave her life. She met the woman, whose name she would not disclose for privacy reasons, at an attorneys office on Monday, finding the experience "pure joy."
"She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy," Deprill said the day after meeting her mother.
Deprill, who is an EMT and a married mother of three, said it was "like I was looking in a mirror."
She had become known as the "Burger King Baby" over the last few weeks, having gained international attention as her story swept the Internet and the international media carried it along. She launched her search, according to ABC News, for the mother she had never known on March 2 on her Facebook page, posting a photo where she held a simple sign that read: "Looking for my birth mother. ... She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA. Please help me find her by sharing my post."
But as her story gained traction, little did she know that the woman for whom she searched had initiated a search of her own -- to find the person that had been the baby girl left alone in a Burger King so many years before. And all that publicity garnered by Deprill's simple Facebook request caught the woman's attention. She went to the office of attorney John Waldron and made a request of her own. After reaching out to Katheryn Deprill, it was arranged for them to meet.
Waldron told WFMZ-TV (Cleveland) that the woman said that she was raped as teenager while traveling abroad. She became pregnant but hid the pregnancy from her parents. She said that when she gave birth, taking the newborn to a hospital was not an option.
He said that the woman had just recently started her own search for her daughter, the baby she had left alone years before in an Allentown Burger King.
"It was one of the most emotional, joyful, dramatic, exciting things I've ever seen," Waldron said, according to the Associated Press.
Deprill said her mother expressed regret when they met, but she had forgiven her “110 percent, absolutely.”
After talking for four hours, the two will begin a relationship. Katheryn Deprill said that they had made plans to meet again, exchanging contact information.
"I got the hug that I had wanted for the last 27 years, and that broke the ice," she said. "I asked if I could have it, and she said, 'absolutely,' and just held her arms open, and the rest is history."