Abbie Quinnen has candidly opened up on the effects her injuries have had on her after a freak accident left her with third degree burns earlier this year.
AJ Pritchard’s girlfriend, 24, had been filming a video with her former Strictly Come Dancing star beau, which demonstrated how to cut a glass bottle in half to be used as a vase.
The risky trick, which should not be tried at home, involved dipping a rope in a flammable chemical before wrapped it around the bottle and lighting it on fire.
Abbie and AJ’s attempt went horribly wrong as the bottle blew up and set her hair and clothing alight.
Dancer Abbie has since undergone 20 hospital visits and needed three skin grafts to treat her third degree burns.
Months on from the horrific accident, Abbie has shared how her injuries have changed her life as she needs to wear a compression vest and stay out of the sun for two years.
Speaking to Fabulous Magazine Abbie, who recently shared a picture of her face for the first time after the accident, explained: “Since I was little, people used to always say what a pretty girl I was. As a dancer, so much is about how you look, and so for my face and body to be so badly burnt, that was really hard to deal with.
“My wardrobe was full of crop tops, little vests, dresses and bikinis, and now I have to wear a compression vest for two more years. I can’t expose my skin to the sun.
“The laser treatment to reduce redness is painful and it makes your skin go black for a few days before it starts to take effect. So I have to think about dressing differently, buying lots of roll-neck tops.
“The first thing AJ bought me was a Burberry bucket hat to cover my face from the sun. That was so sweet but it also made me cry.”
The dancer, who recently marked her two year anniversary with boyfriend AJ, continued: “I can’t dress to show off my figure now; I have to dress to hide and protect myself. I don’t go out without high-factor suncream in foundation and lots of make-up to cover the redness over my face.
“I have to drink lots of water and eat lots of protein to help my skin recover. AJ cooks me a version of Nando’s chicken with halloumi cheese, which I eat three or four times a week.
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“And I drink water all the time because burnt skin is basically completely dehydrated. The doctors are so pleased with the way my skin is healing.”
Abbie also shared her praise for boyfriend AJ and his brother Curtis Pritchard, who took her to hospital following the accident have been caring for her ever since.
She said: “AJ, Curtis and his whole family have been amazing. They’ve all done everything they can to help both me and AJ.”
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