AJ Pritchard reveals how online hack went wrong and gave girlfriend third degree burns (Picture: Rex)
AJ Pritchard has revealed how an online hack went wrong and resulted in his Abbie Quinnen suffering third degree burns.
The former Strictly Come Dancing professional, 26, had been filming a social media stunt with Abbie when her clothes and hair caught alight and she had to be rushed to hospital.
She was initially admitted to intensive care and later transferred to a specialist burns unit. Abbie has been recovering after undergoing three skin grafts and making 20 hospital visits.
She and AJ were trying to film how a glass bottle could be cut in half to be used as a vase with a simple hack. The ‘hack’ involved dipping a rope into a flammable chemical, wrapping said rope around the bottle and the lighting a flame.
The glass, however, exploded when AJ and Abbie had tried to do it and engulfed Abbie’s upper body in flames.
Revealing how it went wrong during an appearance on This Morning, AJ said: ‘There’s a tutorial to just follow online and unfortunately it went horribly wrong.
AJ recalled how Abbie’s clothing and hair caught alight (Picture: ITV)
‘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.’
Explaining what happened next, AJ said: ‘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.’
His brother, Love Island star Curtis Pritchard, had been on hand to help and said he knew ‘straight away’ that something had gone wrong.
Curtis explained: ‘I was upstairs and I knew they were creating this video. I heard the fire alarm go off and I just came downstairs.
‘I remember opening the door and there was glass on the floor and the door just slightly jammed. I saw AJ there. I said, “Is everything alright?” and he said no. I knew straight away that something had happened.’
Abbie has been receiving treatment over the last seven weeks and she and AJ only went public with news of her injuries over the weekend.
AJ has said that Abbie will be left with some scarring following the accident.
He told The Sun: ‘There are different areas, and there are different degrees of burn and she will have a small scar in certain areas.’
Insisting that her treatment is going ‘really, really well’, AJ added: ‘But, as with time, they will heal and other areas will heal. I think the most important thing was that the skin grafts worked.’
Abbie has since said she has been ‘overwhelmed’ with the support fans have shown her throughout her recovery, as she issued a warning to those carrying out similar stunts.
‘ I really need you all to be so careful with what you’re doing & if you are copying any YouTube videos, I will be ok! I love you all!’