Orange is the New Black's Michelle Hurst is recovering from a coma after a pre-Christmas car crash.

Doctors placed the actress, who also appeared in films Stepmom and Smoke, in a medically-induced coma after she was admitted to the hospital in North Carolina last month.

A fundraising page on has been launched to help the actress' sister cover her medical costs.

A post on the site reads: "Michelle Hurst was in a bad car accident just before the holidays. She had major injuries so the doctors put her in a medically induced coma to avoid movement while they did multiple surgeries near her spine. She is out of the coma (after 16 days) and has opened her eyes!"

Her co-stars on the show have been directing fans to the fundraising website, with actress Natasha Lyonne tweeting, "Please give what you can to help Michelle Hurst, the amazing actress who plays Ms. Claudette on OITNB."

Hurst remains in the intensive care unit at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Hospital.