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"Burger King Baby" reunites with her birth mom and feels "pure joy".

Posted by on Mar. 26, 2014 at 1:58 PM
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http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/burger-king-baby-finds-birth-mom-feels-pure-23058014

A woman who, as a newborn, was abandoned in the bathroom of a Pennsylvania fast-food restaurant said she has found her birth mother just three weeks after launching a search that garnered worldwide attention, and as her mother prepared to look for her.

Katheryn Deprill, 27, said Tuesday she felt "pure joy" when she met her biological mother for the first time Monday at an attorney's office. And, after she learned the sad details of her conception and abandonment, she said she understood why her mom did what she did.

"She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy," said Deprill, who has become known as the Burger King Baby.

The woman had decided about six months ago to launch her own search for the daughter she gave up.

Deprill began her quest on March 2 by posting on her Facebook page a photo in which she held up a sign that said, "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."

The photo was shared more than 30,000 times by Facebook users around the world, and Deprill's story landed in numerous media outlets. That caught the attention of the woman who abandoned her, and she came forward to attorney John Waldron, who arranged for them to meet.

Deprill said she bears a very strong resemblance to the woman, whose name she wouldn't disclose.

"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.

Deprill declined to address the circumstances of her abandonment, referring those questions to Waldron.

The attorney said the woman said that, as a 16-year-old, she was raped while traveling abroad and became pregnant. The woman said she hid the pregnancy from her parents and, after giving birth in her bedroom, felt she could not take her newborn to the hospital because she would have to answer questions.

Waldron had his staff prepare for the reunification with flowers, chocolates and boxes of tissues. Deprill, who had launched the search with the blessing and encouragement of her adoptive parents, was accompanied by her adoptive mother and her youngest son, 7-month-old Jackson.

"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.

Deprill said her birth mother expressed regret during their tear-filled meeting. She said she forgave her "110 percent, absolutely".

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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Mar. 26, 2014 at 1:59 PM

There are already SEVERAL posts about this.

http://www.cafemom.com/search/index.php?keyword=burger+king+baby

onethentwins
by Platinum Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 2:02 PM

 I shared this woman's plea on my facebook page, along with many, many others from adult adoptees searching for their birth mothers, and I'm so happy for her that it worked. I wonder why she felt she needed to have an attorney to conduct the reunion?

onethentwins
by Platinum Member on Mar. 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM


Quoting Anonymous:

There are already SEVERAL posts about this.

http://www.cafemom.com/search/index.php?keyword=burger+king+baby

So there are. I had a quick glace and didn't see any so I posted, c'est la vie. 

adopteeme
by Bronze Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM
Did you see them on the Today show???
Awesome! They had BOTH Mothers and Kathryn on this morning.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the synchronicities the 2 of them have shared so far!
They drive the same color/make car
Bmom babysat Katheryns husband
Both of them EMT's
And...
Amom named her Kathryn Ann- SAME name as her Nmom- without ever knowing.

It took some balls for her Mother to be on National TV.
That was some kind of brave. It's just another story that highlights the MAJORITY of moms WANT to be found.
onethentwins
by Platinum Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM


Quoting adopteeme: Did you see them on the Today show??? Awesome! They had BOTH Mothers and Kathryn on this morning. LOVE LOVE LOVE the synchronicities the 2 of them have shared so far! They drive the same color/make car Bmom babysat Katheryns husband Both of them EMT's And... Amom named her Kathryn Ann- SAME name as her Nmom- without ever knowing. It took some balls for her Mother to be on National TV. That was some kind of brave. It's just another story that highlights the MAJORITY of moms WANT to be found.

Damn I missed that. Maybe I can find it online. 

Superlaura328
by Gold Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I read about this a little while back... as an adoptee myself, I can't imagine wanting to meet my mother if she had abandoned me at a Burger King. That just blows my mind. 

adopteeme
by Bronze Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:01 PM
Today.com has the video

Sooo happy for this adoptee and her Mother to finally find some healing - and possibly even build a relationship.
Yeah!!!
For all of them

Quoting onethentwins:

Quoting adopteeme: Did you see them on the Today show???
Awesome! They had BOTH Mothers and Kathryn on this morning.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the synchronicities the 2 of them have shared so far!
They drive the same color/make car
Bmom babysat Katheryns husband
Both of them EMT's
And...
Amom named her Kathryn Ann- SAME name as her Nmom- without ever knowing.

It took some balls for her Mother to be on National TV.
That was some kind of brave. It's just another story that highlights the MAJORITY of moms WANT to be found.

Damn I missed that. Maybe I can find it online. 

adopteeme
by Bronze Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 2:58 PM
Laura,
I think both Kathryn and Cathy are amazing women to go on TV to tell their story to the public!
It took alot of courage to sit and listen to each others story without judgement, anger, or a grudge.
Paul Harvey says~
"And now you know the rest of the story."
What a blessing for both women to fill in the rest for each other.
No one knows what kind of relationship they will build- or not. That's all in their hands mutually.
As a closed adoption adoptee myself, I can't tell you how good it is to obtain the facts of my entire self history, put them into place in my life, and move on.

No more fearing the unknown. Now Kathryn knows.






Quoting Superlaura328:

I read about this a little while back... as an adoptee myself, I can't imagine wanting to meet my mother if she had abandoned me at a Burger King. That just blows my mind. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Apr. 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM
I am Glad she got it her way...
AutumnLove14
by Bronze Member on Apr. 10, 2014 at 3:02 PM
Idk I think this is kinda ridiculous she out her baby in a bathroom . Like she doesn't deserve it. Maybe the daughter had issues of her own that's why she doesn't realize. It's sad all around
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