Katheryn Deprill was known across America as the “Burger King baby,” abandoned in the bathroom of a Burger King when she was just two hours old.
Today, she's 27 and has three children of her own. Now, she's searching for her birth mother who left her in the Burger King bathroom all those years ago.
In an exclusive interview with INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent, Deprill said, “I want her to know it's ok.”
Deprill posted a picture on her Facebook page holding a message that read: “Looking for my birth mother, she abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old. Please help me find her by sharing my post. Maybe she will see this. Thank you.”
The appeal has gone viral with 19,000 shares and counting.
The unexpected discovery of the infant in the ladies room happened in a Burger King in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It was September 15, 1986, a little after 8 in the morning. News reports dubbed her the Burger King baby. Luckily, Deprill was adopted and raised in a loving and happy home.
Deprill explained, “It was a great life. I just felt like a piece of me was missing and unless you were adopted you're not going to understand that.”
When she was 12, her adoptive parents showed her a baby book that revealed the shocking story.
She noted, “You see such horrible things: Babies being thrown away, found in dumps. I am so lucky that she cared enough to leave me in a warm dry place”
And get this, Burger King is her favorite restaurant. But Deprill gets goose bumps when she passes the one where she was found.
“I have not gone in the bathroom,” she told INSIDE EDITION. “I don't know if I’m strong enough. It brings just a lot of emotion to know that I was laying there on that floor.”
Deprill’s adoptive mom supports her search and said the birth mom may be searching for Deprill too, just like the character played by Judi Dench in the hit movie Philomena.
Deprill’s mom told INSIDE EDITION, “I can't imagine this mother doesn't want to know how her child is and what ever happened to her.”
Deprill wants her birth mom to know isn't angry, in fact, she’s grateful.
She told INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent the first thing she would tell her birth mother would be, “’Thank you for taking such good care of me. Here I am. Look what you saved.’ And I would like to ask if I could give her a hug.”