Michelle Hurst Of OITNB Awakes From 16-Day Coma
“Orange Is the New Black” actress Michelle Hurst, who plays Miss Claudette, has awaken from a 16-day, medically induced coma after being critically injured in a serious car accident during the holidays.
The news of the accident just broke today, as cast and crew members tweeted their support. Piper Kerman, whose memoir the Netflix series is based on, encouraged fans to donate to Hurst’s medical bills:
Cast members Natasha Lyonne and Danielle Brooks also retweeted the sad news.
The YouCaring.com page, started by Hurst’s family, reveals scant details about the accident. It took place just before Christmas and doctors put her in a coma as they performed multiple surgeries. Hurst has woken up, but is still in the ICU at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospital.
Hurst’s Miss Claudette quickly became a standout character as Piper’s (Taylor Schilling) strict, no-nonsense roommate. She became memorable for her icy staredowns and scary demeanor. But flashback scenes revealed her vulnerable side. She had come to the United States as slave labor and operated a similar cleaning business as an adult. She ended up killing a client when he beat one of her girls. And her hopes for early parole and renewed romance with an old friend were dashed in a heartbreaking episode.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Michelle and her family. If you have anything at all that you are able to give, we strongly encourage you to do so.
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