Abbie Quinnen: I thought my face would never look the same

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Abbie Quinnen has revealed that she ‘thought she would never recover’ in her first TV interview after suffering from third degree burns in January.

The dancer, 24, was badly injured after she tried to film a life hack which involved cutting a glass bottle in half to become a vase by dipping a rope into a flammable chemical and lighting it.

Abbie had to have three skin grafts amid 20 hospital visits and has now spoken about her experiences on Lorraine.

Appearing alongside boyfriend AJ Pritchard, Abbie told presenter Lorraine Kelly that she initially feared she would never fully recover after the horrific accident.

‘I think when it happened I was just thinking the worst, my face is never going to look the same again,’ she said.

‘[I thought] I was always going to have scars on my body, I’m never going to be able to dance or perform and do what I love doing, so I instantly thought that was it for me. Luckily my face is healing really well.’

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX (11888308t) Abbie Quinnen and AJ Pritchard 'Lorraine' TV Show, London, UK - 04 May 2021

Abbie spoke about her horrific injuries suffered while filming a ‘life hack’ (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX (10559420r) Abbie Quinnen and AJ Pritchard 'Lorraine' TV show, London, UK - 18 Feb 2020 CURTIS, AJ AND AJ'S GIRLFRIEND ABBIE - WE ARE MAKING OUR NEW TOUR A REAL FAMILY AFFAIR Love Island's Curtis, Strictly?s AJ and his dancer girlfriend Abbie Quinnen join us to talk about teaming up together for AJ?s new tour.

Abbie and AJ have been together for two years (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

Abbie added: ‘I’m doing a lot better than I was, that’s for sure. My face has almost healed now.’

Speaking about how the accident happened, Abbie said: ‘I think AJ wanted to do this life hack, this home hack, what everyone’s been doing, to find something to do [in lockdown].

‘We watched the video straight before we did it, to watch step-by-step and everything and unfortunately it just went horribly wrong. I was stood about four metres away from AJ and it went up, straight away, it went straight across the room and it caught my hair instantly and then unfortunately my body as well, my clothes.’

Abbie previously revealed she is not allowed to expose her skin to the sun for two years after she suffered the burns. She is now required to shield her skin from the sun for two years and wear compression garments under her clothes.

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