'Orange Is the New Black's' Michelle Hurst wakes from 16-day coma after severe car accident

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michelle-hurst-car-accident.jpg Michelle Hurst, the actress who plays the stern Miss Claudette on Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," is slowly recovering after her involvement in a serious car accident just before the holiday season that required she be placed in a 16-day medically-induced coma.

On Thursday (Jan. 16), Piper Kerman, who wrote the memoir on which the popular series is based, tweeted a link to a fundraising site that has been set up to help cover Hurst's medical expenses and lost income.

According to the site, Hurst was placed in the coma to avoid movement while doctors performed multiple surgeries near her spine. She awoke from her coma Thursday morning, but remains in the intensive care unit at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in North Carolina.

As of press time, 124 supporters -- including Kerman herself -- had raised $8,744, far surpassing the goal of $5,000.
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