Watch: AJ Pritchard remembers the moment when friend Abbie Quinnen was on fire.
Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard has confessed that he felt “helpless” when he saw his girlfriend go up in flames after a life hack video went horribly wrong.
The 26 year old I’m a celebrity … get me out of here! The candidate found out about the trauma of watching 23-year-old dancer Abbie Quinnen with third-degree burns. He admits that he still wakes up at night and thinks about the event.
Pritchard told The Sun, “It was just a complete freak accident and what is scary was this helplessness. It felt like time stood still for me. What seconds felt like hours around those To extinguish flames. Abbie’s hair burned. Her top was on fire. Her body was engulfed. “
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The professional dancer announced he put wet towels on Quinnen to cool her skin before calling 999. She was then rushed to London’s Ealing Hospital 20 minutes away from home and taken to intensive care where the initial concern was her breathing and eyesight.
AJ Pritchard with girlfriend Abbie Quinnen (Getty Images)
Pritchard revealed, “After handing her over to the nurses and sitting in the car, I just couldn’t even speak … I was just a complete mess and emotionally torn apart, and I was in the car shaking physically. I couldn’t go anywhere be hers. When she was handed over, I was just gone. “
Quinnen also underwent skin grafts, and Pritchard admitted that since recovering from the accident, she has been concerned about the long-term effects on her appearance of leaving “small scars” on body parts.
AJ Pritchard said he and Abbie Quinnen were still traumatized from the accident. (Getty Images)
Speaking of the moment she returned home after four days in the hospital, he said, “I could only really see parts of her face, her arms were bandaged, her face and everything was bandaged.
“She didn’t want me to see her. But as soon as I saw her, I just held her hand and brought her home.”
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The life hack the couple wanted to recreate for their Instagram accounts is to cut a wine bottle in half with a string dipped in flammable liquid, wrap the bottle, and then set it on fire.
AJ Pritchard’s younger brother is a fellow dancer and reality star Curtis Pricthard. (Getty Images)
The Strictly Star – whose younger brother the dancer Curtis Pritchard is – admitted that both had been traumatized by the event.
He said, “It is not captured on camera because it was captured before the camera was turned on. Unfortunately, my brain is a camera and it will never forget what has been seen. And thinking about it is hard.
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“It’s very traumatic. On certain nights I wake up thinking about what happened, especially when I’m watching TV and the scenario happens where there is a naked flame or something else. I will change the channel. And when Abbie is in the room, I switch channels very quickly. “
Pritchard urges people not to try to hack life itself.
He said, “In an instant she was on fire. It went terribly wrong.”
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