'Burger King Baby' finally meets birth mother
A woman who as a baby just a few hours old was abandoned in the bathroom of a Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant says she has found her birth mother.
Twenty-seven-year-old Katheryn Deprill says she met her biological mother for the first time Monday in an attorney's office. Deprill said Tuesday she felt "pure joy" and it was like "looking in a mirror."
Deprill began her quest March 2 by posting a photo on Facebook. The photo showed Deprill holding up a sign saying, "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."
Deprill is known as the Burger King Baby. She says she and her birth mom plan to have more meetings to get to know each other better.
The birth mother, who did not want to be identified, said she and her husband had decided to try to look for Deprill and the widespread coverage of her photograph made that easier.
The attorney who coordinated the meeting, John Waldron, told WFMZ-TV in Pennsylvania the birth mother became pregnant after being raped while traveling in another country when she was 16 years old, but aborting the pregnancy was not an option.
She kept the pregnancy secret, but said she could not take the newborn to the hospital, due to the questions that would be raised.
"She did what she did to make sure Katheryn would be found and taken care of," Waldron told WFMZ.
The unidentified woman also met seven-month-old Jackson, Deprill's youngest son, and Deprill's adoptive mother, who accompanied her to the meeting.
"It looked like I was looking in a mirror," she said.
Deprill, an EMT and married mother of three who lives outside Allentown in South Whitehall Township, said she embraced her mother.
"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."
The pair met for about four hours and exchanged contact information. Deprill said they plan to meet again.
"We are definitely going to have a relationship," she said.
Waldron had his staff prepare for the reunification with flowers, chocolates and boxes of tissues.
"It was one of the most emotional, joyful, dramatic, exciting things I've ever seen," Waldron said, adding there's no doubt in his mind that his client is Deprill's mother.
"If you sat there for five minutes and heard them and watched them and observed them and looked at them, you would know," he said.
(The Associated Press and WFMZ contributed to this story.)