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'Orange Is The New Black' Star

Seriously Injured in Car Accident

Placed in Medically-Induced Coma

1/16/2014 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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"Orange Is the New Black" star Michelle Hurst -- who plays Miss Claudette on the show -- has just awakened from a medically-induced coma ... after suffering serious injuries in a recent car accident.

According to Hurst's family, the accident occurred just before the holidays and Hurst was placed in the 16-day coma so doctors could perform surgeries close to her spine.

Hurst is currently recovering in the ICU at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in North Carolina.

Details surrounding the accident are unclear.

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nursejami    

I too was at that ICU. The staff therr are very nice. I was only awake for one of those days though. Get well!

97 days ago
17.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners    

Get well soon! Absolutely love her story line on the show

97 days ago
18.

wornoutmama    

Praying she fully recovers!

97 days ago
19.

me    

LOVE HER!!!!----and the show!!!----please get well and come back to me!!!

97 days ago
20.

Anne of Green Gables    

Hey, YOU! Please consider helping "MIss Claudette" with her medical bills!

There is a fundraising page here:

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/helping-our-orange-family/123744

97 days ago
21.

Martin    

Loved the show. Loved her character.

97 days ago
22.

Cindy    

Best wishes for her recovery.

97 days ago
23.

Adrienne    

i love her in OITNB. get well soon Miss Claudette.

97 days ago
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allyson rideout    

That's a good hospital to be at. Hope she recovers quickly.

97 days ago
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Biebersgranny    

best wishes miss claudette!!!! I know you will recover and be back 100%! This woman is great on OITNB we need her back!

97 days ago
26.

Yurra Knutz    

Wow!
That explain the "hell has froze over" report I heard this morning.
Good on you Blue.
I second your comment.

97 days ago
27.

TsTashaJones    

This is really sad. I wonder if she is coming back next year?

97 days ago
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♥TMZ but ...    

ohhh she is such an awesome talented actor I wish her well

96 days ago
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Maurice Carlton    

I pray that all is well... you touched me on the show many times over... I absolutely love you... You will recover better than ever...

Maurice Carlton

96 days ago
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