‘Orange is the New Black’ Actress Seriously Injured, Stars Ask for Donations

Michelle Hurst, who plays the intimidating Miss Claudette on Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black,” awoke from a coma Thursday morning and is recovering from serious injuries from a car accident, according to a fundraising page set up in her name.

Hurst was in a car accident just before the holidays and was placed under a 16-day medically-induced coma so doctors could perform surgeries close to her spine. She remains in the ICU at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in North Carolina, and a fundraising page has opened to raise money for her medical bills and time taken off of work, according to the page.

Author of the memoir on which the series is based Piper Kerman tweeted the link Thursday morning.

The link was also retweeted by show star Natasha Lyonne, who plays Nicky Nichols.

So far, $4,406 has been raised out of the $5,000 goal. Donations are being handled by Hurst’s sister. Season 2 of “Orange is the New Black” is expected to hit Netflix in mid-2014. Netflix did not immediately comment on her status on the show.

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