NEW DELHI — On May 13, 2012, Kaamini Solanki woke up feeling ill. Her husband felt her forehead, which was so hot they decided to see her gynecologist right away.
Kaamini, a pretty, plump-faced schoolteacher from Delhi, was two months into her second pregnancy. The couple wasn’t going to take any chances.
The gynecologist referred them to a nearby hospital, where they arrived in the morning and remained until evening. Meanwhile, Kaamini was fading. Around 8 p.m. she started to cry, saying she was in pain and complaining to her husband, Dheeraj, about the hospital’s physician.
A few hours later, she was dead.
Kaamini had developed septicemia, a blood infection that is usually fatal if not promptly diagnosed and treated. But as Dheeraj now sees it, that wasn’t the real cause of her death.
After filing a case against the doctors he had trusted with her care, he received some shocking news: The gynecologist had only a bachelor’s degree in medicine. And the hospital’s doctor was a fraud, with no medical training at all.