OAKLAND (CBS) – Jockey Michael Martinez was recovering in the Intensive Care Unit at Highland Hospital in Oakland, on Saturday.

The 24-year-old was paralyzed but still recovering from a life-threatening fall during a race at Golden Gate Fields last Sunday.

His neurosurgeon, Dr. Federico Castro-Moure said, “it’s probably one of the most severe and shattering spinal injuries” he has seen in many years.  Doctors are considering experimental stem cell treatment for the injured rider.

A fund has been established for those who wish to provide financial aid to Martinez  and his family.

Checks should be made out to “Michael Martinez Fund” and sent to Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710.

“No sport has better fans than horseracing, and we have received inquiries from fans across the country wanting to know how they could help Michael,” said Robert Hartman, general manager of Golden Gate Fields.

“The establishment of the Michael Martinez Fund affords people the opportunity to assist this fine young man and his family.”

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