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'Orange Is the New Black' team raises money for injured costar

By Hillary Busis, EW
updated 10:16 AM EST, Fri January 17, 2014
Michelle Hurst in a scene from Netflix's
Michelle Hurst in a scene from Netflix's "Orange is the New Black."
  • Actress Michelle Hurst was hurt in a car crash
  • She was placed in a medically-induced coma
  • Her cast is raising money for her

( -- The ladies of Litchfield really are a family: The cast and crew of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black has banded together to raise funds for series costar Michelle Hurst, who suffered serious injuries in a car accident in December.

Hurst — who plays Miss Claudette on Orange — "had major injuries so the doctors put her in a medically induced coma to avoid movement while they did multiple surgeries near her spine," the team explains on a fundraising page for their comrade.

"She is out of the coma (after 16 days) and has opened her eyes! We can't send flowers yet because she is in ICU at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital. So we have set up a fundraising page," the text continues. "All the money will go through Michelle's sister to help pay for her medical expenses & time off of work." The page has already exceeded its fundraising goal of $5,000.

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