AJ Pritchard details 'seeing someone he loves on fire'

‘I sat outside the hospital all night’: AJ Pritchard fights back tears as he details ordeal of ‘seeing someone he loves on fire’ following girlfriend Abbie Quinnen’s horrific accident

  •  AJ told Lorraine on Tuesday how he sat outside the hospital all night after being banned from enterting due to Covid restrictions
  • The former Strictly pro, 26, appeared alongside his brother Curtis, 25, to discuss the horrific accident which happened on January 19
  • AJ described how a YouTube video went ‘horribly wrong’ and his girlfriend, 23, ‘caught alight so fast’, while trying to forge a vase out of a wine bottle 
  • AJ tried to put out the flames with a wet tea towel and called 999, a source said
  • His brother Curtis drove them to Ealing Hospital rather than wait for ambulance 

AJ Prichard fought back tears as he detailed the horrific ordeal of seeing ‘someone he loves on fire’ after his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen was engulfed in flames.

The former Strictly professional, 26, described how a YouTube video went ‘horribly wrong’ and his girlfriend, 23, ‘caught alight so fast’, while trying to forge a vase out of a wine bottle bottle using fire.

AJ told Lorraine on Tuesday how he sat outside the hospital all night after being banned from entering due to Covid restrictions, after rushing his partner to A&E following the terrifying accident.

Harrowing: AJ Prichard fought back tears as he detailed the horrific ordeal of seeing ‘someone he loves on fire’ after his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen was engulfed in flames.

Holding back the tears, he said: ‘I sat outside the hospital all night, knowing she wasn’t going to even come out that night, knowing it was very serious.

AJ, who appeared on the show alongside his brother Curtis, 25, added: ‘I was outside the hospital just sat there. I didn’t know what to do.

‘Curtis was telling me to go home because she wasn’t going to be coming out yet.

‘I just couldn’t leave her side, even though I couldn’t go into the hospital because of COVID. I just waited for her.

Horrendous: The former Strictly professional, 26, described how a YouTube video went ‘horribly wrong’ and his girlfriend, 23, ‘caught alight so fast’, while trying to forge a vase out of a wine bottle using fire

‘She ended up staying in hospital for five nights, moving from the intensive care unit at Ealing to the burns unit at Chelsea and Westminster.’

Since the incident – which happened on January 19 – Abbie has undergone three skin grafts and doctors are unsure about what exactly her recovery will look like.

During the interview on Tuesday, AJ admitted the possibility of laser treatment to help heal certain areas has been discussed.

But for now, medics have dubbed her Super Abbie because she is ‘healing fantastically’, following the harrowing ordeal.

Worrying: AJ told Lorraine on Tuesday how he sat outside the hospital all night after being banned from entering due to Covid restrictions

Detailing her recent progress, AJ revealed: ‘Abbie is upstairs. I just want to say, for Abbie, for both of us, the love and support that has come through over these past few days is really what keeps both of us so positive and honestly it’s so nice to have so much positivity in a world that feels quite overwhelming at the moment.’

Speaking of the incident, AJ went on: ‘The thing was, to turn a wine bottle into a vase. There’s a tutorial to just follow online and unfortunately it went horribly wrong. I think what’s really scary is that her clothes caught light, her hair caught light and it all happened so fast, yet felt like a lifetime of a scenario.’

On how he responded to the situation, AJ said: ‘When it happened, I think the most upsetting thing is seeing your loved one, someone you love, on fire and being, what felt like so helpless in such a moment. 

‘As soon as the fire on her body, on her hair, on her skin was out we covered her in damp towels, we called 999, we did everything we thought was the right thing to do and to get her to A&E as soon as possible.

AJ, who appeared on the show alongside his brother Curtis, 25, added: ‘I was outside the hospital just sat there. I didn’t know what to do’

‘Thankfully, Curtis was here to help. Abbie was in shock, I was trying to keep Abbie calm, Curtis was trying to keep me calm and get us both to the hospital.

AJ continued: ‘And I think what was really overwhelming to me was as soon as I was handing her over to people that I knew were going to help, which were the nurses at Ealing Hospital, for me emotionally…

‘I was just absolutely torn and being so calm and collected when it was happening, trying to go through all what was the right thing to do but then as soon as I handed her over I sat outside and I remember the night so vividly.’ 

Curtis revealed: ‘I was upstairs and I knew they were creating this video. I heard the fire alarm go off and I just came downstairs. I just remember opening the door and there was glass on the floor and the door just slightly jammed, and I saw AJ there. 

‘I said, ‘Is everything alright?’ and he said, ‘No’ and I knew straight away that something had happened. I didn’t know what at the time, so I quickly put my shoes on straight away, went straight in and AJ had done everything he possibly could do.

‘He was on the phone, he was trying to call 111 trying to get through to everybody and then we decided straight away – Abbie was sat down, they were both very calm but in shock – and so we just decided that we had got to get them to hospital. 

‘So I drove them straight to hospital and then we just waited outside. We didn’t know what was going on straight away.’

Speaking to his brother, Curtis reiterated: ‘You did everything you could do to make her in the best situation.’

Recovery: Since the incident – which happened on January 19 – Abbie has undergone three skin grafts and doctors are unsure about what exactly her recovery will look like

AJ added: ‘I think the one thing within this time, usually you would be at somebody’s side, you’d be able to hold their hand, you’d be able to do things… You wanna hug people to help in these scenarios – and all we could do was be that lifeline on the phone. Being in contact with her.

‘If she wanted something, get it for her. For someone who likes to help and do as much as I possibly could, I felt like my hands were tied. My only way of support was to keep talking to her all night.’

Curtis said: ‘And you kept going to drop overnight bags to hospital… so you were constantly doing stuff for the situation.’

Speaking of Abbie being discharged from hospital, AJ said: ‘Seeing her that first day, picking her up from hospital, that was the happiest day of my life, seeing her walk to me, get out of the wheelchair – obviously she was all bandaged up as you can see from that image – getting her back in bed.

During the interview on Tuesday, AJ admitted the possibility of laser treatment to help heal certain areas has been discussed

‘Those first couple of weeks, all we could do [was] what the nurses and doctors had said and just clean the wounds every four hours and really help in that way and to be honest, having somebody at home and being in a scenario where you can hug them and you can help, is just the nicest thing ever. 

‘Whatever it was, I was just there for her 24/7 and I think what’s really hard is that with somebody you love, you don’t really know how you’re going to react until you see each other. And as soon as we saw each other in the hospital, that was the biggest relief ever, I feel.’

And speaking about her long term recovery, AJ explained: ‘Obviously she has had the skin grafts. They have been fantastic, the surgeons have done an amazing job. Regarding moving forward with her recovery, the doctors have talked to us but they don’t know. She’s healing fantastically.

 Amazing news: But for now, medics have dubbed her Super Abbie because she is ‘healing fantastically’, following the harrowing ordeal

‘They call her Super Abbie because her skin is doing amazing. Obviously, we feed her the best foods to give her all the nutrients that we can do, but further down the line there’s the option of having laser on certain areas to help heal, but right now it’s just focusing on what we can do each day and seeing those small improvements which feel like massive steps forward.’

Curtis concluded: ‘I think it’s only time will tell. That’s the main thing… I think if anyone is trying it [the tutorial] just be cautious. 

‘Check your surroundings, check everything, have somebody around when you’re doing something, whatever the video is or whatever it is that you are doing. Be cautious and just take safety measures. That’s the main bit of advice to give out really.’ 

Statement: Abbie broke her silence on the matter on Sunday and told fans she’s ‘OK’ following the accident on January 19

Abbie broke her silence on the matter on Sunday and told fans she’s ‘OK’ following the accident on January 19.

As well as reassuring followers she’s recovering in her Instagram message, Abbie warned others to be ‘careful’ after a YouTube tutorial went terribly wrong.

She also thanked staff at the Chelsea & Westminster burns unit for their ‘incredible care and treatment’ as she continues to improve seven weeks after her ordeal.

The influencer said: ‘I am sad I have been absent in the last few weeks and haven’t posted much with AJ, we so desperately wanted to be able to share daily vlogs with you all but unfortunately I have had an accident.

‘Whilst we were attempting to create a glass bottle into a vase following a YouTube tutorial it went terribly wrong and it resulted in me incurring injuries and burns requiring continuous hospital treatment over the past seven weeks. 

Support: AJ has been caring for Abbie at their home and changing her bandages 

‘I really need you all to be careful with what you’re doing and if you’re copying any YouTube videos. I will be OK, I love you all.

‘I also want to say a massive thank you to the nurses and doctors and the Chelsea & Westminster burns unit for their incredible care and treatment.’ 

AJ declared ‘our followers’ messages keep us all going’ as he thanked them for their support during the latest episode of podcast, AJ v Curtis.

Revealing he’ll share more details on the scary ordeal in the near future, AJ said: ‘It came out that the there was an accident with Abby. And I just want to say just make it quite brief, to be honest.  

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‘For anybody that hasn’t seen the story yesterday where Abbie had an accident. That’s why I’m just saying thank you for all the lovely messages, thank you very much for all the love and support and the kind messages. 

‘I know we haven’t replied to everybody. But yeah, thank you for that. And we will talk about it further down the line when we both feel comfortable.  

‘So yeah, just thanks for that love. It means a lot on your support, keeps those positive and keeps us all going.’ 

Recovery: Since the awful accident, Abbie has needed three skin grafts and made 20 hospital visits

AJ and Abbie have been dating since 2018 and seem to have gone from strength to strength during lockdown.

The I’m A Celebrity contestant recently gushed over his pro dancer love as he detailed how they’ve been discussing the future lots during the pandemic. 

He told The Sun: ‘You know when you see a series like Below Deck or Selling Sunset and there’s a wedding? We always love talking about weddings. 

‘We were best friends before we were in a relationship and I think that really hits home that we love spending time together.

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Help: Curtis drove Abbie and AJ to the hospital on the night of the accident after they were told an ambulance would take some time to arrive (the brothers are pictured together in 2020)

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