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AJ Pritchard has recalled the moment his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen was engulfed in flames as they filmed an online stunt when went horrifically wrong.
Abbie, 23, was left with third degree burns after setting a rope on fire in an attempt to turn a wine bottle into a vase, with her hair and clothes being set alight instead.
Since the incident, which occurred seven weeks ago, she has endured a skin graft and 20 trips to hospital.
Her former Strictly Come Dancing star boyfriend has now opened up on the terrifying moment, admitting "seconds felt like hours" as he watched Abbie set herself alight.
AJ Pritchard's girlfriend Abbie Quinnen covered in bandages after third degree burns as pals say she's 'been to hell and back'
Abbie Quinnen and AJ Pritchard break their silence after horrific accident left her with third degree burns
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Speaking to The Sun Online, AJ said: "It was just a complete freak accident and what is scary was that helplessness.
"It felt like time stopped for me. What was seconds, felt like hours to put out the flames. Abbie's hair was on fire. Her top was on fire. Her body was engulfed.
"We had to put wet towels on her to cool her skin, then to get her from the flat in West London to A&E."
The I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! star emotionally revealed how his priority became to keep Abbie awake as his brother Curtis drove them to Ealing Hospital where she was taken into intensive care.
He said: "The burns were one thing but the most important thing was Abbie's breathing and sight.
"These are things that were very much a concern, one of the major things with the hospital had to monitor 24/7. When you have burns, it's also inhalation and, as it was her face, her sight.
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"On that night, I tried to keep her calm and keep her focused on how we were going to help and how the NHS would do everything in their power as quickly as possible."
He added: "After I handed her over to the nurses and sat in the car, I just couldn't even speak. My body had completely shut down, I was so emotionally all over the place.
"I was just a complete mess and completely emotionally torn apart inside and I sat in the car, physically shaking. I couldn't be all over the place in front of her. When she was handed over, I just was gone."
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After four days apart, AJ said of the moment they reunited: "She was bandaged completely. I could only really see parts of her face, her arms were bandaged, her face and everything was bandaged.
"She didn't want me to see her. But as soon as I did see her, I just held her hand and got her home. Inside, I was so emotional but I felt like I couldn't show those emotions. I had to be strong for her.
"Even talking about it now I am very emotional. Seeing her walking to me, having got out of her wheelchair, it was the hardest day of my life but also the happiest."
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