Celebrity SAS: Jake Quickenden ‘still has nightmares’ after leaving show following horrific injury

Reality star Jake Quickenden says he “still has nightmares” about taking part in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins – after he was forced to leave the TV show following a devastating injury which left him scared he wouldn’t be able to hold his newborn son.

The TV personality from Scunthorpe was seen departing the Channel 4 programme in an ambulance in the episode broadcast tonight (Sunday, September 12).

Quickenden, 33, had to withdraw after suffering a shoulder injury in a challenge which involved being pulled out of the sea into a speedboat.

But despite his tendons being “ripped off the bone”, he said he has already asked if he can feature in the series again next year as he loved being a contestant so much.

Quickenden, whose son Leo was born in February, was among the strongest contestants in the current celebrity series of the Channel 4 show, which was filmed before the baby arrived.

He said he was “devastated” to leave the show before the end, adding: “I just wanted to finish that course, I was on the phone to the producer in the back of the ambulance asking if I could do next year, that’s how much I wanted to finish it.

“As soon as I’d got injured, I looked at it and thought ‘Right, here we go. I’ve got something else to get over now, I’ve got to get back to normal, I’ve got a baby on the way.’

“I didn’t have Leo at the time and I thought ‘I don’t want to be not able to hold him,’ so I need to get this operation done and get back to normal.”

He said it was “up there” with the worst injuries he had ever suffered.

“And I’ve broken my neck and I broken my legs,” he said.

“I said in my interview before the show that the only way I’d be leaving this show is in the back of an ambulance and that’s what happened.

“I ruptured my pectoral and my bicep. so basically both tendons were ripped off the bone and that’s why my chest was hanging down and it just went black straight away.

“And if I hadn’t had it operated on, I would have only had about 10 to 15 per cent strength in my arm, I wouldn’t have been able to do a lot of things.

“So it was a good job I got it diagnosed and went to surgery.

“I had four pins in my shoulder that are still in my shoulder now and it’s been a year on and and it’s pretty much back to normal now I can do everything and boxing again and stuff like that.”

The former X Factor contestant said taking part in SAS was “200 per cent harder” than he thought it would be.

“I thought it would be hard but it never stopped. When we finished something I thought surely we’ll just have a nice walk back to the cars now maybe get a hot chocolate on the way.

“We were literally running back in puddles and they were screaming in our faces, it never stopped. So anybody that goes in even does an hour on that show, I applaud them because it is so tough.

“Honestly, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done… it was brutal.

“I still have nightmares about it, just laying in the puddles.”

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares wins continues next Sunday on Channel 4