Woman Abandoned as a Baby in Fast Food Restroom Finds Her Mom & It's 'Pure Joy'

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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I'm so happy she found her amd the meeting went well.

nonmember avatar Estella

This title is an abomination. A woman was abandoned at the same time as a baby in a fast food restroom found her mom. How are these two stories related?


Comme... Commenter

No way I'd be happy to see my so called "mother"

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I find it hard to believe she couldn't find her daughter given the circumstances. What did she do, check to see if she was still at the restaurant then give up when she wasn't?

Sarah... SarahHall58

I don't understand why you would want to find someone who left you like a piece of trash in a fast food restaurant bathroom. That just screams "I couldn't care less about you".

nonmember avatar Monica

To the people who it seems aren't satisfied for the ending of this story. What do you care, the women found it in her heart to forgive the woman who abandoned her not only that but to look for her. Show's that she is compassionate and forgiving regardless of what her mother did 27 years ago. She has children of her own who possibly gave her the strength to humble herself and you all are just making a mockery of her forgiving heart. As a women who was also left by her mother, I somewhat understand why she she found it in heart to forgive. People disgust me your nothing but a bunch of judgmental people.

ba13y... ba13ygrl1987

I think it's wonderful that despite the cafemom and the stir world portrayal there are people out there who are loving, compassionate and understanding. How wonderful is it that this lady thought outside the box and showed compassion for the person who had abandoned her. Had the forethought to think maybe there was a reason and it wasn't selfishness. And look. It turns out the birth mom was raped, scared and young. Did she make the choice I would've made? I don't know. I'm not in her shoes. I never had a pregnancy result from rape. But she didn't kill the child. She didn't throw it in a dumpater like trash. This scared young mother birthed the baby, then left her someplace warm and dry where she'd immediately be discovered. The woman was obviously adopted by a loving family and now they've been reunited. I'm so glad this love and understanding is more normal then the stir commentors. I'd hate to live in a works where most of you were majority. I wish the best of luck to this daughter and mother on their new journey together!

theyc... theycallmemom4

Estella, I'm not trying to be rude but I don't understand your comment.

Shannon Blackmer

I'm not going to place judgement on a teen victim of assault and how she handled it as, thankfully, I've never had to walk in her shoes. I will, however, commend the daughter on being understanding and forgiving. Harboring hate is too consuming. She gets closure to decades old questions and possibly a chance to work on a broken relationship. Good for her!

Jacee... Jacee2348

Estella thought the title of the article should have read Woman Who Was Abandoned as a baby... She thought a woman was abandoned AND a baby in a fast food restaurant found her mom (I guess?). : / Not real sure, but I wasn't confused. It could've been worded a bit better, but I understood the title was just one story. And a good story after all - I'm glad the abandoned baby found it in her heart to forgive - she did it for herself as much as for the lady who gave birth to her. Though I don't agree with the choice to abandon your baby (under even the most dire circumstances), I am glad she gave the baby a chance and didn't kill her. Too many young people make that choice these days...

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