Abbie Quinnen steps out for the first time after suffering third-degree burns in fire accident

Abbie Quinnen stepped out for the first time on Friday after she suffered second and third-degree burns in a ‘traumatic’ fire accident in January.

The professional dancer, 23, needed three skin grafts after a video she was filming with boyfriend AJ Pritchard, 26, went horribly wrong and saw a wine bottle explode and set fire to her hair and clothing on January 19.  

Abbie, who previously admitted she was ‘terrified about seeing anyone’ following her accident, bravely stepped out for the first time with AJ on Friday. 

Brave: Abbie Quinnen stepped out for the first time on Friday after she suffered second and third-degree burns in a ‘traumatic’ fire accident in January

The dancer kept a low profile as she wore a blue compression bandage around her neck and a navy baseball cap.

Abbie wore several layers of clothing which included jeans, a jumper, fluffy jacket, a Gucci scarf and Dior trainers. 

The dancer was sweetly supported by her boyfriend AJ, who wore a casual outfit, and they walked hand-in-hand during a stroll in a local park. 

Last week, Abbie revealed the extent of the second-degree burns on her face she suffered after a horrific fire accident 

Traumatic: The professional dancer, 23, needed three skin grafts after a video she was filming with boyfriend AJ Pritchard, 26, went horribly wrong and saw a wine bottle explode and set fire to her hair and clothing in January

Traumatic: The professional dancer, 23, needed three skin grafts after a video she was filming with boyfriend AJ Pritchard, 26, went horribly wrong and saw a wine bottle explode and set fire to her hair and clothing in January

Supportive: Abbie, who previously admitted she was 'terrified about seeing anyone' following her accident, bravely stepped out for the first time with AJ on Friday

Supportive: Abbie, who previously admitted she was ‘terrified about seeing anyone’ following her accident, bravely stepped out for the first time with AJ on Friday

The dancer, who also suffered third-degree burns on her body, shared pictures taken before her surgeries to highlight the burns which covered much of the right side of her face. 

In an emotional interview, Abbie also revealed that she asked boyfriend AJ if he ‘would still love her’ following the terrifying accident.

The dancer candidly recalled her first thoughts after the terrifying incident, revealing she was ‘shaking in horror’ and saw her ‘life flash before her eyes.’  

Abbie also said that it only took seconds for her body to set alight and while she was rolling around in terror, AJ used wet towels to try and put out the flames.

Recovery: The dancer kept a low profile as she wore a blue compression bandage around her neck and a navy baseball cap

Recovery: The dancer kept a low profile as she wore a blue compression bandage around her neck and a navy baseball cap

Layers: Abbie wore several layers of clothing which included jeans, a jumper, fluffy jacket, a Gucci scarf and Dior trainers

Stepping out: The couple enjoyed a scenic stroll to their local park on Friday

Layers: Abbie wore several layers of clothing which included jeans, a jumper, fluffy jacket, a Gucci scarf and Dior trainers

Sweet: The dancer was sweetly supported by her boyfriend AJ, who wore a casual outfit, and they walked hand-in-hand during a stroll in a local park

Sweet: The dancer was sweetly supported by her boyfriend AJ, who wore a casual outfit, and they walked hand-in-hand during a stroll in a local park

She told The Sun: ‘The first thing I said to AJ was, “Is my face going to be OK? Are you still going to love me?” I kept repeating this to him and I was shaking in horror.

‘It was such a shock, I was panicking and screaming. I dropped down to the floor and I was rolling to try to put out the fire. I saw my life flash before my eyes.’ 

Abbie also reflected on the gruelling recovery process so far, revealing that she was taking 27 tablets a day, but is now only using paracetamol for the pain, and dropped to just seven-stone in weight when she was left bed-bound after the accident.     

Abbie, who was left with injuries on her face, neck, chest, torso and shoulder, also revealed that when the flames were put out the floor was covered in her burnt hair. 

Candid: Last week, Abbie revealed the extent of the second-degree burns on her face she suffered after a horrific fire accident

Candid: Last week, Abbie revealed the extent of the second-degree burns on her face she suffered after a horrific fire accident 

Injuries: The dancer, who also suffered third-degree burns on her body, shared pictures taken before her surgeries to highlight the burns which covered much of the right side of her face

Injuries: The dancer, who also suffered third-degree burns on her body, shared pictures taken before her surgeries to highlight the burns which covered much of the right side of her face

After one night in Ealing Hospital Abbie was transferred to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s burns unit, where she said she tried to avoid any mirrors.

The influencer explained how her face had swelled up and she couldn’t use her right eye but kept catching small glimpses of her visage in her phone screen.

She also revealed that AJ, who had held a vigil outside the first hospital overnight, tried to drop off some fresh clothes for her but she refused to see him.

Abbie said: ‘From the moment it happened, I was worried I would never look the same again… I was terrified about seeing anyone.’

Strong: The couple looked stronger than ever

Sweet: They walked hand-in-hand during their stroll on Good Friday

Strong: The couple looked stronger than ever as they walked hand-in-hand during their stroll on Good Friday 

Low profile: Abbie and AJ kept a low profile during their stroll as the dancer bravely stepped out for the first time

Low profile: Abbie and AJ kept a low profile during their stroll as the dancer bravely stepped out for the first time 

After days apart, Abbie didn’t want AJ to see her wrapped up in bandages however the Strictly star explained how he just took her hand and became emotional when they were reunited and Abbie discharged from the hospital.

The doting beau told The Sun last month: ‘Seeing her walking to me, having got out of her wheelchair, it was the hardest day of my life but also the happiest.’  

Abbie’s recovery has been intense and she’s required three skin grafts, with doctors taking skin from her rib cage for the first surgery – however they ended up using donor skin as she had an infection at the time of the procedure.

The dancer explained she opted for this location as she ‘couldn’t cope’ with losing anymore hair and taking skin from the back of her head.

Luckily, the third graft was able to be completed with her skin, with doctors taking from her rib cage and using on seven patches, including her arm, torso and neck. 

Devastating: In an emotional interview, Abbie also revealed that she asked boyfriend AJ if he 'would still love her' following the terrifying accident (pictured before the accident)

Devastating: In an emotional interview, Abbie also revealed that she asked boyfriend AJ if he ‘would still love her’ following the terrifying accident (pictured before the accident)  

Now two months on from the awful accident, Abbie said she and AJ are closer than ever with the former Strictly pro helping her recover at home.

Abbie said her beau helps her moisturise every day and is constantly reassuring her they’ll be a strong couple forever and will make it through the recovery.

AJ has also spoken candidly about the trauma of Abbie’s accident and had to fight back tears as he detailed the horrific ordeal of seeing ‘someone he loves on fire’. 

The dancer described how a YouTube video went ‘horribly wrong’ and his girlfriend ‘caught alight so fast’, while trying to forge a vase out of a wine bottle bottle using fire while speaking on Lorraine last month. 

AJ told 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.  

Terrifying: The dancer candidly recalled her first thoughts after the terrifying incident, revealing she was 'shaking in horror' and saw her 'life flash before her eyes.' (pictured before)

Terrifying: The dancer candidly recalled her first thoughts after the terrifying incident, revealing she was ‘shaking in horror’ and saw her ‘life flash before her eyes.’ (pictured before) 

During the interview, AJ also 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. 

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. 

‘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.’

Shock: Abbie also said that it only took seconds for her body to set alight and while she was rolling around in terror, AJ used wet towels to try and put out the flames (pictured before)

Shock: Abbie also said that it only took seconds for her body to set alight and while she was rolling around in terror, AJ used wet towels to try and put out the flames (pictured before) 

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.’  

Since the accident, a number of fans have reached out to Abbie and AJ to send their best wishes. 

Among them is Claudia Winkleman, 49, whose daughter Matilda suffered burns in 2014 after her Halloween costume caught alight. 

Abbie said she was ‘so happy’ to hear from the TV presenter, adding that hearing about other people’s recoveries has helped her focus on her own. 

Harrowing: AJ fought back tears as he detailed the horrific ordeal of seeing 'someone he loves on fire' while appearing on This Morning last month

Harrowing: AJ fought back tears as he detailed the horrific ordeal of seeing ‘someone he loves on fire’ while appearing on This Morning last month 

AJ has also chatted about the mental effects of Abbie’s accident, previously telling The Sun he’s still plagued by memories. 

The star said he sometimes wakes up in the night thinking about what happened, adding that he wouldn’t rule out talking to a professional for help in the future.

He also told the publication that it’s all ‘very traumatic’ still and he tries to avoid anything on TV that involves fire as the horrific accident is still too raw. 

Abbie broke her silence on the matter last month 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. 

Showing support: Claudia Winkleman, whose daughter suffered burns in 2014, reached out to fellow Strictly star AJ and Abbie after their terrifying fire accident

Showing support: Claudia Winkleman, whose daughter suffered burns in 2014, reached out to fellow Strictly star AJ and Abbie after their terrifying fire accident

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. 

‘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.’ 

Statement: Abbie broke her silence on the matter last month and told fans she's 'OK' following the accident on January 19

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

Also on Sunday, former Strictly star 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 Abbie. And I just want to say just make it quite brief, to be honest.  

‘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.’

Help: Curtis, 25, 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)

Help: Curtis, 25, 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) 

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.  

Abbie has also gushed over her dancer beau in the past, admitting she believes AJ is ‘The One’ and that she was ‘going crazy’ without him by her side during his stint in the Welsh I’m A Celebrity camp last year.

In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Abbie said: ‘I am so desperate to see him – I am going crazy I feel like I have been lost without him.

‘All I want to do is hug him and kiss him – it’s been too long now! I definitely can see he is missing me.

‘While AJ has been in the castle he organised some gifts for me that I’d have during his time in there to show he was still thinking of me.’ 

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

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

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