MANHASSET, NY (WCBS 880/ 1010 WINS) — All her life, the only thing Danielle Petratos had of her father was a single photograph.
Now, after nearly four decades, she has more than just a picture. Danielle and her dad, John Watson, are together again – thanks to Facebook.READ MORE: New Haven Firefighter Killed, Another Critically Injured Battling Early Morning Blaze Police: 3 Teens Hurt After Stolen Car Hits Multiple Vehicles, Including Unmarked Police Car
Watson, who is a Vietnam War veteran, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he abandoned his wife and then 3-year-old Danielle 39 years ago.
The now 42-year-old Petratos said that she forgives her father. The Manhasset mom is choosing to look ahead.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2's 5/12 Wednesday Afternoon Weather Headlines
Watson credits Buddhism and the internet with helping him prepare for and, finally locate, his long-lost child.