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Martinez approved for stell-cell treatment

Jockey Michael Martinez, who sustained extensive spinal injuries in a Sept. 12 spill at Golden Gate Fields, has gotten governmental approval to travel to Switzerland to participate in a stem-cell research study conducted by the University of Zurich’s Balgrist Hospital.

Martinez has received his green card as a resident of the United States, enabling his return to the country, as well as a U.S. passport.

Robin Barrett, the local director of the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service, met with Martinez personally and accompanied him to get his passport.

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