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TODAY   |  April 10, 2014

‘Very overwhelming’: ‘Burger King Baby’ reunites with birth mom

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. Deprill, her mom Brenda Hollis and Katheryn’s birth mother, Cathy Pochek, sit down exclusively with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.

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>>> and daughter reunited after a lifetime it apart. at the time this happened the little baby was called the burger king baby because she was left as a newborn in the bathroom of a fast food restaurant .

>> i have some pictures. it looks like i was 3 days old there.

>> yeah.

>> there's nothing unusual about a mother and daughter reminiscing about old family photos.

>> what's this one?

>> that was the first day of kindergarten.

>> but 27-year-old katheryn deprill just met her birth mother kathy pocheck two weeks ago.

>> oh, my gosh.

>> how great is that your mom made awe of these?

>> i know.

>> kathryn was raised and then she learned she was adonned in a burger king . it was head line news in 1986 . last month with the support of her adopted mother brenda , she turned to facebook , posting this photo of her. the so-called burger king baby plea went viral. and the search came to an end a few weeks later.

>> it's so surreal. i never in a million years thought this was going to happen. i don't know that i necessarily prepared myself for it.

>> now katheryn is learning more about why she was adonned. her birth mother said she was raped 16 years old but never told anyone, not even her parents. she said she gave birth in her bedroom and then left her at the burger king .

>> i'm grateful that you're letting me into your life.

>> how do you feel?

>> i don't know. i never thought it was going to happen this fast.

>> i know, it's so fast. i'm just so happy and thrilled that you came looking for me.

>> yeah.

>> it means a lot.

>> it really did.

>> katheryn deprill, her mom brenda hollis and her birth mom are all here with us. it's good to see you, ladies. it's hard to not have a few tears in your eyes. what was it like when you came face-to-face with your birth mom?

>> it's very exciting. lots of emotions and actually kind of awkward. all right. just give me the hug. let's start with that. it really broke the ice.

>> kathy , were you nervous?

>> i was extremely nervous. i knew -- i was at the advantage because i had seen interviews that she had done and i was just so proud of her and how articulate she was in respecting her feelings and grateful for her mom for a beautiful childhood that she gave her.

>> you knew since you were 12 years old the difficult circumstances that you were born into. is it something that you always wondered about that bothered you?

>> yes. always. you wonder where you come from. i have a wonderful family, i said from day one, i would never want to replace them. being adopted part of you is missing. i'm not sure if you're adopted you just don't really understand that.

>> for you to see this facebook message and you know this is your little girl who is looking for you, was there any hesitation? were you afraid at all to come forward especially the circumstances?

>> no, my immediate thought, i was so afraid somebody was going to take advantage of the situation and we immediately contacted -- my husband and i immediately contacted our attorney john waldron from allentown. said you have to find her. get in touch with her immediately. i was so worried that, you know, someone was going to take advantage of it.

>> well, we've got to bring brenda in here. everyone says you're the saint and the star of the story for raising such a wonderful girl. you know, you encouraged katheryn to look for her birth mother . i think that's a pretty selfless act.

>> she's been talking about it for a long time. a while ago, she had seen something on facebook an said, mom, look at this. and i said, that's very cool. when she said something about it sunday morning, i said why don't you put it on facebook and see what happens. never in a million years do you expect this to happen.

>> i'm seeing the tears --

>> i've really let myself kind of open up and start to feel, you know, these feelings.

>> it's been a while.

>> yeah.

>> kathy , were you afraid at all, because these circumstances were unusual? were you afraid if i come forward publicly, are there going to be people who judge me and what i did when i was 16?

>> well, of course. but the way i look at it is, if we can help some other that is in this situation that i was in, it's worth a little bit of judgment that people might bring upon us if it's just one girl that we can help, it's worth it.

>> i love to see this happy ending . and i'm going to make it even a little bit funnier. because what did you learn about each other? katheryn and kathy -- your full name is?

>> my full name is kathryn anne.

>> and my full name is kathryn 18.

>> did you drive the same car?

>> she actually was the babysitter of my husband. we lived in the same town so she knew my husband before -- we didn't even know this. i was an auntie. she's an auntie. there's just so much coincidents. it's unbelievable.

>> it's lovely to see these three ladies together where they belong.

>> thank you.