Michelle Hurst, who plays Miss Claudette on the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” has been hospitalized at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill since being involved in a serious car accident, which according to an online fundraising site, happened “just before the holidays.”
A page set up to raise funds for Hurst’s care did not specify the exact date or location of Hurst’s accident, nor did it detail her injuries except to say that doctors had to perform surgeries near her spine. But the site reported that Hurst, who is in ICU, has finally awakened from a medically induced coma after 16 days and that her sister is caring for her.
January 16 update: “We can’t send flowers or visit, only family. She is progressing slowly, but progressing! She is out of the medically induced coma & is responsive.”
UPDATED Jan. 17: The Daily News of New York reported today that UNC hospital officials say they have no patient listed under the name Michelle Hurst. But so far, neither Hurst nor representatives from the show have spoken up to refute the story from the youcaring.com site. Also on Friday, the OITNB official (verified) twitter account tweeted a thanks to fans for their prayers for Hurst: “Thanks to our OITNB family for their thoughts and prayers for Michelle Hurst. If you'd like to help, please go here” (followed by a link to the fundraising site).