Abbie Quinnen has dubbed boyfriend AJ Pritchard her ‘no.1 carer’ as the couple celebrated their second anniversary following her horrific accident.
The professional dancer, 23, suffered second and third-degree burns in a fire accident in January after a video she was filming with AJ, 26, went horribly wrong and saw a wine bottle explode and set fire to her hair and clothing.
AJ has been at Abbie’s side since the ‘traumatic’ ordeal and in a post on Tuesday she said he was the most ‘beautiful, intelligent, handsome and caring person’ she knows.
Couple goals: Abbie Quinnen has dubbed boyfriend AJ Pritchard her ‘no.1 carer’ as the couple celebrated their second anniversary following her horrific accident
Alongside a series of images of them together, Abbie wrote: ‘Happy 2nd year anniversary to the most beautiful, intelligent, handsome, caring person I know.
‘Thank you for putting up with me for a whole 2 years. You really are my dream come true and I can’t thank you enough for everything you do for me and for being my number 1 carer!
‘Here is to many more years together creating so many amazing memories. Love you more than any words can describe! There are 7.9 billion people on this planet and you are my favourite.
‘These photos were our first professional photos together so they are extra special.’
Love: AJ has been at Abbie’s side since the ‘traumatic’ ordeal and in a post on Tuesday she said he was the most ‘beautiful, intelligent, handsome and caring person’ she knows
AJ, who reshared the post on his own account, admitted that he had felt emotional reading Abbie’s sweet words on the milestone occasion.
The former Strictly pro continued: ‘This brought tears to my eyes… We are so happy together & get to share our live’s with each other.
‘The overwhelming love & support that has been shown towards Abbie these past weeks is only but a drop in the ocean of the love that I have for you. YAY No.1 Carer.’
‘No.1 carer’: AJ, who reshared the post on his own account, admitted that he had felt emotional reading Abbie’s sweet words on the milestone occasion
Last week, Abbie revealed the extent of the second-degree burns on her face she suffered after a horrific fire accident.
The dancer 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.’
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.’
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Showing support: Claudia Winkleman, whose daughter suffered burns in 2014, reached out to fellow Strictly star AJ and Abbie after their terrifying fire accident
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.
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
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.’
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)
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