Remember a few weeks ago when we heard about Katheryn Deprill, the 27-year-old mom of three who had once been abandoned, hours old, in the restroom of a Pennsylvania Burger King? She had taken to social media to try and find her birth mother, and we were inspired by her compassion for the woman who many in her shoes may have hated.
Just three weeks after launching her campaign to find her biological mother, the two were reunited Monday in an attorney's office. Deprill said she felt "pure joy" upon meeting the woman that gave birth to her. She also said, "She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy."
Earlier this month, Deprill's adoptive mom (who sounds absolutely amazing, by the way) helped her post a picture of herself holding a sign on Facebook. The sign read, “Looking for my birth mother. She gave birth to me September 15th 1986. She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA. Please help me find her by sharing my post. Maybe she will see this. Thank you.”
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After 30,000 shares and numerous media appearances later, a woman claiming to be her mom contacted attorney John Waldron, who got in touch with Deprill.
Although she's not sharing her birth mom's name, she said seeing her was like "looking in a mirror." "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."
They got to talk for hours and exchanged contact information. Deprill said they are "definitely going to have a relationship."
According to Waldron, the woman had been a teenager at the time of the abandonment. She said that she had been raped while traveling abroad and had hid the pregnancy from her parents. She also said that she had recently been searching for her daughter, but gave up after having no luck.
Deprill appears to harbor no bitterness toward her birth mom, who she said expressed regret during their meeting. She said afterward that she forgave her "110 percent, absolutely."
Stories like this restore my faith in humanity. I hope that mom and daughter are able to have a real relationship all these years later.
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