'OITNB' Star Michelle Hurst Wakes From Coma After Car Accident

News & Views | Camille Travis | 01/17/2014 | 10:45 AM EST

The actress' castmates work to raise money toward her recovery

"Orange Is The New Black" star Michelle Hurst-- who plays Miss Claudette on the show-- is said to be awake from a coma following a serious car accident.

According to a fundraising page, the incident occurred just before the holidays and the actress was admitted into the intensive care unit at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital. Her injuries were so severe that doctors put her in a medically-induced coma to avoid movements while they performed multiple surgeries near her spine.

After 16 days, Hurst woke and her fellow co-stars are doing their part to raise money toward her recovery. The fundraising site assures supporters that all proceeds will go through her sister to cover medical expenses and time off work.

To date, the campaign has raised more than $12,000 (surpassing their $5,000 goal) and has over 200 backers.

 (Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Autism Speaks)

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