French Surgeon tries to sell gunshot survivor’s X-ray as NFT priced at $2,776

After attempting to sell an X-ray of a concertgoer who was shot during the 2015 attack on the Bataclan music hall in Paris, a prominent French surgeon faces legal action and a possible disciplinary punishment. On Saturday, The orthopaedic physician Emmanuel Masmejean, who practises at the Georges Pompidou public hospital in southwest Paris, was selling an image of the X-Ray as a digital artwork without the patient’s agreement.

On the OpenSea website, which specialises in NFT digital photographs, the image of a forearm with a Kalashnikov round was on sale for $2,776. Martin Hirsch, the chief of Paris’s public hospitals, said on Twitter that the surgeon would face criminal and professional charges for his disgraceful and scandalous action. This act is antithetical to basic professional practise, jeopardises medical confidentiality, and runs counter to the ideals of AP-HP (Paris hospitals) and public service, Hirsch wrote in a note to staff that he shared on Twitter.

She has not been recognised, but is described as a young woman whose boyfriend was killed in the Bataclan massacre, which was part of a series of shootings and bomb strikes in Paris by Islamic State gunmen that claimed the lives of 130 people. The patient had an open fracture of the left forearm with a lingering Kalachnikov bullet in soft tissues, according to Masmejean’s account on OpenSea. According to the skilled surgeon, who is a professor of surgery and a specialist in treating arm injuries, he operated on five female victims at the Bataclan.

Although he notified that the transaction had been cancelled, the photograph was still visible on Sunday. NFTs are digital artworks that can’t be replicated, thanks to the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrency. They became popular last year and are currently exchanged at major auction houses, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in monthly trades. Some have sold for millions of dollars, such as an NFT by digital artist Beeple that sold for $69.3 million at Christie’s in March of last year. In December, the first SMS transmitted via a mobile phone, which was sent in 1992, was sold as an NFT at a Paris auction for $120,600.

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