NFT sale of Bataclan victim's X-ray removed from auction

By Raffaele Redi
• Updated

French surgeon who tried to sell an X-ray of a Bataclan victim may face legal action

PARIS - DECEMBER 14: A makeshift memorial outside the Bataclan Theatre on December 14, 2015 in Paris, France. A major terrorist attack occurred at the theater on November 13, 2015.                                 
The Bataclan attack took place in 2015 in Paris causing the loss of 130 lives - Photo: Shutterstock

A French surgeon faces legal action after attempting to sell an X-ray of a woman shot during the 2015 Bataclan attack in Paris as an NFT on the OpenSea platform, according to French media.

The image of the X-ray, now removed from the NFT platform, was on sale as a digital artwork, without the patient's consent.

The picture showed a forearm containing a Kalashnikov bullet and was on sale for $2,776 or €2,446, said media reports.

Asked for comment by Mediapart, the first to report on the sale, the doctor acknowledged that the sale was "an error" and said he regretted not having sought permission from the patient.

The unidentified victim was described as a young woman whose boyfriend was killed in the Bataclan attack. The X-ray was “an open fracture of the left forearm with a remaining bullet of Kalashnikov in soft tissues."

Public outcry

The attempted NFT sale by the surgeon, who operated on five female victims at the Bataclan, prompted indignation and fury from both the public and the medical profession.

Martin Hirsch, head of the Paris's public hospitals where the doctor operates, wrote an open letter confirming that a professional complaint would be lodged against the surgeon for his "disgraceful" and "scandalous" decision.

“This act is of great concern to us and hurts our concept of public health,” said the head of Paris hospitals.

The attack in Paris at the Bataclan concert venue, was part of a wave of shootings and bomb attacks by Islamic State gunmen, leaving 130 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

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