The former owner of two Indiana restaurants noted for their authentic Thai food died Friday night in hospice care in northwest suburban Des Plaines, almost five years after she was found with severe head trauma at the restaurant's Fort Wayne location.
Wemonrat Pok, 64, was pronounced dead at 11:58 p.m. Friday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy had been scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed until Sunday.
Pok had operated Siam House located in Bloomington, Ind. for several years before opening a second location in Fort Wayne, according to relatives.
On Oct. 1, 2008, she was found with head trauma and was eventually sent to live at a care facility, said her daughter, Soriya Pok-Todd, of northwest suburban Elgin. Unable to walk or talk, her mother, known as "Wim," had a tracheotomy and a feeding tube was placed in her stomach, said Pok-Todd.
"She only stayed up between 30 to 45 minutes at a time and had a very restricted quality of life," she said. After falling ill with an infection, Pok died in hospice care.
Her daughter said the investigation into how her mother suffered her brain injuries was still open and she wants anyone with information to come forward.
She added there was only one witness to the incident, a person who was inside of the kitchen of the restaurant at the time Pok was found.
"My mother was very kind and helpful to others," she said. "Coming forward with information on how this happened to her would be the best gift anyone could give her."
The Fort Wayne Police Department was not available for comment Saturday afternoon.