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(ALLENTOWN, Pa.) — The 27-year-old Pennsylvania woman whose Facebook search for her birth mother went viral says the reunion with her mother was “pure joy.”

“I got the hug that I had wanted for the last 27 years, and that broke the ice,” Katheryn Deprill said Monday after meeting her mother in Allentown, Pa. “She is better than anything I could’ve ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I’m so happy.”

Deprill became known as the “Burger King Baby” after she posted a photo herself on Facebook holding a sign that read, “Looking for my birth mother. She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown Pa. Please help me find her by sharing my post.”

Deprill’s photo, posted on March 2, was shared more than 30,000 times. One of the people who saw the photo, and the media coverage it attracted, was Deprill’s mom, who contacted her daughter’s attorney.

Deprill and her mother, who asked not to be identified, met for the first time Monday at the attorney’s Allentown, Pa., office.

Deprill was found in the bathroom of Burger King on South Fourth Street in Allentown on Sept. 15, 1986. Someone heard her crying and told staffers, who came in and found her lying on the floor.

As a child, Deprill always knew that she was adopted, but it wasn’t until she was 12 years old that her parents handed her a scrapbook with newspaper articles about her.

“I opened up the first page, and there’s a picture of me,” Deprill told ABC News earlier this month. “Then I turned to the next page and there it was, all the newspaper articles — the Burger King baby. My mother who adopted me saved all of the newspaper articles.”

Deprill could not immediately be reached for comment.

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