Keeping Emergency Services in a Central Paris Hospital - Maintien des urgences à l'Hôtel-Dieu - 20/130 © 2015 CHANT WAGNER
130 Street Photographies after the Paris Attacks - 130 photographies de rue, après les attentats de Paris - In Memoriam
Hôtel-Dieu is the oldest hospital in Paris, established in 641; it is located right next to Notre-Dame de Paris. I noticed a banderole on the back of the building stating that emergency services need to be kept, which I thought might be associated with the Paris Attacks. It turns out that it's been an ongoing battle for a couple of years, but in the current context, it sounds all the more crazy - and even surreal - to shut down a service which moreover is located in such a strategic location...
That hospital is also in th habit of treating many tourists due to its proximity to historical and cultural sites.
Apparently, some analysts say it's linked to a real estate operation which after it's completed would mean that the space previously occupied by emergency services, which has already been reduced, would be reconverted into office space.
During the Paris Attacks there was the story of a wounded young man who had to be brought to a hospital in the suburbs, which I thought then was a bit surprising and far away for a victim hit so critically in the middle of the capital city. He died. I don't think it enhances the chances of survival of anyone to have to wait longer to be treated.
In fact, they ought to keep that service and even name it "Les 130" in honor of the Paris fallen and the medical people who treated them.
This photo is part of a series capturing the atmosphere of Paris after 11/13 in 130 pictures, one each day for each of the 130 Paris Attack victims.
Hacking It - Le système D - 18/130
Recueillement - Meditation - 16/130
A Month Later - Un mois plus tard - 14/130
I Love You - M - Je t'aime, M - 11/130
Under Shock - Sous Le Choc - 8/130