Burger bar baby reunited with mother after 27 years

Published Thursday, Mar 27 2014, 20:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
A woman who was abandoned as a baby 27 years ago in a Burger King restaurant, has finally found her biological mother – on Facebook.

Katheryn Depril was just a few hours old when she was found by a customer in the toilets at the Pennsylvania restaurant in September 1986.

A nationwide hunt to find her birth mother was launched but no one came forward and Katheryn was placed in foster care.

Katheryn Depril abandoned in Burger King toilets as a baby. Found her mother after 27 years

© Facebook / Katheryn Depril

After years of uncertainty, the mother-of-three decided to start a social media campaign in the hope of finding her birth mother. She placed an advertisement that went viral and was then shared 30,000 times on Facebook and picked up by several media outlets.

The campaign caught the attention of an unidentified woman who came forward, after seeking legal advice, claiming to be Katheryn's biological mother.

When they were finally reunited, Katheryn's mother explained that she had been raped whilst travelling abroad as a teenager and even though she was scared of telling her parents about her pregnancy, still wanted to give birth to her child.

She then decided to place Katheryn in a public place where she knew her baby would be found.

After meeting her mother, Katheryn, was quoted in the Daily Mail saying: "I got the hug that I had wanted for the last 27 years, and that broke the ice. I asked if I could have it, and she said, 'absolutely,' and just held her arms open, and the rest is history."

by Maisha Lewin

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