ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Twenty-seven years after being abandoned as a baby in a Burger King bathroom, Katheryn Deprill has reunited with the woman who left her there.
In early March, Deprill posted a photo on Facebook with a sign asking for help finding her birth mother.
Just three weeks later, the pair met for the first time.
“I was extremely nervous. I knew I was at the advantage because I had seen the interviews that she had done. I was just so proud of her,” Cathy Pochek said.
Pochek said she became pregnant after she was raped at the age of 16. She didn’t go to the police and didn’t even tell her parents.
Pochek said she gave birth alone and wrapped the baby in a red sweater, abandoning her in a Burger King bathroom.
On the "Today" show Thursday morning, the pair talked about the first time they met.
“It was very exciting,” Deprill said. “There were lots of emotions, and actually, it was kind of awkward. Everyone was like, ‘Just give me a hug.’”
Pochek said she was thrilled with the outcome.
“If we can help some other girl that is in the situation that I was in, it’s worth it. If it’s just one girl we can help, it’s worth it,” Pochek said.
The women shared some interesting coincidences they’ve learned since meeting and getting to know each other.
They’re both named Katheryn Ann. They’re both EMTs. They drive the same make and color of vehicle. And perhaps most strange, Pochek used to babysit the boy who grew up to be Deprill’s husband.