Abandoned 'Burger King Baby' reunited with mother after 27 years

Katheryn Deprill, 27, posted this message on Facebook on 2 March.
Katheryn Deprill, 27, posted this message on Facebook on 2 March. Photo: AP/Katheryn Deprill

A woman who was abandoned in a fast food chain within just a few hours of being born has been reunited with her mother nearly three decades later after a Facebook appeal went viral.

Katheryn Deprill was left in the toilets of the fast food chain in Allentown, Philadelphia back in 1986. Later adopted and now a married mother of three, she recently decided she wanted to seek out her birth mother.

Just three weeks ago, she posted a picture on the social network asking fellow users to aid her search.

The message reads: "Please help me find her by sharing my post. Maybe she will see this."
The message reads: "Please help me find her by sharing my post. Maybe she will see this." Credit: AP/Katheryn Deprill

Katheryn's plea was heeded, and the message was shared more than 30,000 times. After finally getting to meet the woman who brought her into the world, Katheryn - dubbed the 'Burger King Baby' - said the experience was like "looking in a mirror".

"She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy," the 27-year-old told the Associated Press after Monday's reunion.

The attorney for Ms Deprill's mother arranged the meeting between the two. He said his client had been raped while travelling abroad as a 16-year-old and had hidden her pregnancy from her parents.

Katheryn Deprill said she was "grateful" to her mother.
Katheryn Deprill said she was "grateful" to her mother. Credit: NBC News

Asked in an NBC News interview whether she was angry with her mother for leaving her, Ms Deprill said she was "grateful" and just wanted to "hug her and say thank you, because she could have thrown me away".

After the meeting, Katheryn said she had exchanged contact details with her mother - who has not been named - and is hopeful that they will go on to have a relationship.