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X-ray of Bataclan victim put up for sale as NFT | Digital Trends Spanish


A French surgeon who tried to sell himself as a non-fungible token (NFT for its acronym in English) an X-ray of one of the victims of the terrorist attacks at the Bataclan nightclub in Paris, will face legal action by the Paris Hospital Association (APHP for its acronym in French).

According to the agency AFP, the doctor, identified as Emmanuel Masmejean, put up for sale as a non-fungible token the x-ray of the forearm of one of the victims of the terrorist attack carried out on the night of November 13, 2015, in which 130 people died.

The image shows the victim’s bones pierced by a bullet from a Kalashnikov assault rifle, used by jihadist terrorists in the attack.

The doctor put the X-ray up for sale on the specialized site for the sale of NFTs OpenSea, where he requested a payment of 2,500 euros (about $2,800 dollars) in cryptocurrencies.

The sale of the plate as an NFT, a type of certificate that validates the authenticity of a digital file, caused outrage in France. The Paris Hospital Association referred to the act as “a scandalous practice”.

The news was spread on the portal media part, and it transpired that Masmejean, the doctor involved in controversy, is a renowned orthopedic surgeon.

After making his act known, the surgeon acknowledged that he had made an “error from an ethical point of view”, although he hid behind the fact that the sale of the X-ray had “educational purposes”.

The sale was withdrawn from the OpenSea portal, however, the X-ray images are already circulating on the network.

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