After attempting to sell an X-ray of a concertgoer shot during the 2015 attack on the Bataclan music hall in Paris, a senior French physician faces legal action and possible disciplinary punishment.
Orthopedic surgeon Emmanuel Masmejean, who works at the Georges Pompidou public hospital in southwest Paris, was first accused of selling an image of an X-Ray as a digital artwork without the patient’s agreement by the Mediapart website on Saturday.
The photograph depicts a forearm with a Kalashnikov bullet and was for sale on the OpenSea website, which specializes in so-called NFT digital photographs, for roughly 2,776 dollars (2,446 euros).
Martin Hirsch, the head of Paris’s public hospitals, said on Twitter on Saturday that the surgeon would face criminal and professional charges for his “disgraceful” and “scandalous” action.
“This act is contrary to sound professional practice, puts medical secrecy in danger, and goes against the values of AP-HP (Paris hospitals) and public service,” Hirsch wrote in a statement to the staff which he shared on Twitter.
When approached by Mediapart for comment, Masmejean admitted that the decision was “an error” and that he regretted not seeking permission from the patient.
She, the patient, has not been revealed but is reported to be 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 remaining bullet of Kalachnikov in soft tissues.” according to Masmejean’s account on OpenSea.
According to the senior 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 told Mediapart that the sale had been canceled, the image was still visible on Sunday.
The victims’ organization, Life for Paris stated that it “stood alongside the victim of the attack who is today the victim of stupidity… by a ‘doctor’ who has evidently forgotten his ethical code”.
On Twitter, a second group, Fraternity and Truth, condemned the “odious behavior” but said it was “isolated and not representative of the health workers of AP-HP in which we have complete confidence”