A Bataclan massacre survivor was horrified to find out that her surgeon was hawking an NFT of her X-rayed bullet wound

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A Parisian holds a flower towards the Bataclan concert hall on the sixth anniversary of the 13th November 2015 Paris terror attacks on November 13, 2021 in Paris, France.
In November 2015, three terrorists attacked the Bataclan theater hall and killed 90 people.Kiran Ridley/Getty Images
  • A survivor of the 2015 Bataclan theater massacre discovered her surgeon was selling an NFT of an X-ray of her bullet wound.

  • Emmanuel Masmejean set the price on the X-ray as $2,776.

  • The woman, who is choosing to remain anonymous, is threatening legal action over the auction.

A survivor of the 2015 massacre at the Bataclan theater in Paris was horrified to discover her surgeon was auctioning off an X-ray of her gunshot wound as a non-fungible token.

Eagle-eyed Twitter users spotted the auction on OpenSea, a marketplace where NFTs can be bought and sold. NFTs are unique digital assets that represent ownership of real-world items like images, video clips, and art. They are viewed as lucrative and speculative crypto-collectibles, and some people have managed to hawk their NFTs for millions of dollars.

The listing on OpenSea is now down. However, Insider viewed a cached version of the auction page set up by Emmanuel Masmejean, an orthopedic surgeon at the European Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris.

In the listing, Masmejean posted a snapshot of what appears to be an X-ray of a woman's arm, with a bullet lodged near the bone. The NFT itself is labeled "Bataclan terrorist attack — November 13, 2015 — Paris, France." The image was touted on the site as part of the "Emmanuel Masmejean Collection."

"On November 13th, 2015, terrorist bomb explosions and gunshots occurred in Paris, France, with 129 people immediately killed, and more than 300 being injured. Forty-one patients were referred to our center, the Teaching Georges-Pompidou European Hospital, and 22 requiring surgery were hospitalized," Masmejean wrote in the description of the NFT.

"Among the patients, I did personally operate on five women, including this case. This young patient, who lost her boyfriend in this attack, had an open fracture of the left forearm with a remaining Kalashnikov bullet in the soft tissue," he continued.

French media outlet Mediapart, which first reported on the NFT, noted that the X-ray was available for $2,776.

Speaking to The Guardian, the woman's lawyer, Elodie Abraham, said that her client was "extremely shocked" to find out that her X-ray was for sale online.

"This doctor, not content with breaking the duty of medical secrecy towards this patient, thought it would be a good idea to describe the private life of this young woman, making her perfectly identifiable," Abraham told The Guardian.

Abraham added that her client — who is choosing to remain anonymous — received a call from Masmejean on Sunday, who tried to "justify himself without expressing the slightest regret nor empathy towards her."

According to the French Code of Medical Ethics: "Confidentiality is a patient's right. It is mandatory for all doctors as required by law. All information that has come to the knowledge of a doctor during the practice of his profession must be treated confidentially, including not only what the doctor has been told but also everything he has seen, heard, or understood."

Martin Hirsch is the head of the Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris, a hospital trust operating in Europe that manages Masmejean's hospital. He told Euronews the auction was an "outrageous act," adding that the doctor would face disciplinary action.

Abraham and Masmejean did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

The Bataclan shootings were part of a horrific series of terrorist attacks that rocked Paris in 2015. Three gunmen stormed the concert hall on November 13, 2015, and killed 90 people, critically injuring many others.

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