God Bless Technology: Abandoned Burger King Baby And Birthmother Reunite Thanks To Facebook Shares
I admit to being a total Facebook skeptic. I normally refuse to share any picture of a sick child or adult holding a sign. But according to this touching story of an abandoned baby who was later reunited with her biological mother, I have been dead wrong for all of these years.
Katheryn Deprill, 27, was abandoned as a newborn in a Pennsylvania Burger King bathroom in 1986. Katheryn began her search for her biological mother just a few weeks ago after posting a picture of herself on her Facebook page holding a sign that read:
“Looking for my birthmother … She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA. Please help me find her by sharing my post.”
Thanks to the massive power of social media, her picture was shared more than 30,000 times to Facebook users around the globe. This got Katheryn immediate media attention, which quickly put her in touch with the woman she believed to be her birthmother.
This heartfelt reunion happened quickly and easily because of social sharing. Katheryn was able to meet her birthmother face-to-face after a meeting was arranged through an attorney. Katheryn describes her reaction upon seeing her biological mother for the first time:
“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.”
Katheryn goes on to say that she plans to continue a relationship with her biological mom. Katheryn chose not to reveal all the details of her abandonment, but her attorney confirms that Kathryn’s biological mother was raped when traveling abroad as a teenager and chose to hide her pregnancy from her parents.
This story gets even sweeter—Kathryn’s birthmother had already been searching for her unsuccessfully and had given up. Katheryn enlisted the help of caring strangers to spread the word about her mission to meet her biological mother and was able to locate her within a matter of weeks.
This warms my heart, especially as I read about Kathryn’s open and forgiving attitude. Now I have to rethink my social media strategy. I might just share the next picture like this that comes across my newsfeed.