Katheryn Deprill set out on a search to find her mom just a few weeks ago, and said she felt "pure joy" when she met her parent for the first time Monday at an attorney's office, according to the Associated Press. "She is better than anything I could've ever imagined. She is so sweet and amazing. I'm so happy," she said.
During the meeting, Katheryn learned that her mom was raped at the age of 16 while traveling abroad and got pregnant as a result. She hid the pregnancy from her parents, gave birth in her bedroom, and didn't want to take newborn Katheryn to the hospital in fear that she would be questioned.
In spite of the circumstances, Katheryn reveled in the experience of reconnecting with her mom. "I got the hug that I had wanted for the last 27 years, and that broke the ice. I asked if I could have it, and she said, 'absolutely,' and just held her arms open, and the rest is history."
And although her mother, who had launched her own search for her daughter six months ago, was regretful during their reunion, Katheryn said she forgave her "110 percent, absolutely."