Orange Is the New Black Actress Out of Coma Michelle Hurst was in car accident By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Jan 17, 2014 6:11 PM CST 9 comments Comments Michelle Hurst, in a scene from 'Orange Is the New Black.' (YouCaring.com) (Newser) – The actress who plays Miss Claudette on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black emerged from a medically induced coma yesterday after 16 days, reports Us. Doctors put Michelle Hurst in the coma after a bad car accident, and supporters set up an online fundraising page for her medical bills, notes E! Online. Thanks to public tweets from the likes of Piper Kerman, whose memoir about prison life is the basis of the series, and actress Taylor Schilling, who plays the role of Piper in the show, the page has raised more than $14,000 toward its $20,000 goal. Hurst's condition isn't clear, but the page says she is "responsive" and "progressing slowly."