Video: Bromley toddler who battled meningitis inspires dad to record charity song

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TWO years after his daughter lost her legs and hand to meningitis, a Bromley man has released a charity single to help other families affected by the disease.

Manuel Chowdhury, 26, has covered an Athlete song with his band Urban Prophecies and the video shows three-year-old Alissa as a bundle of energy, strumming guitar strings and smiling with a microphone.

However in April 2010 the toddler was struck down with meningitis and put in an induced coma by doctors who were forced to amputate her right hand and both her legs below the knee.

She now has prosthetic legs and has learned to walk again.

Mr Chowdhury, of Turpington Lane, Bromley Common, has already helped raise more than £3,000 for the Meningitis Trust charity through previous events.

The organisation supports families affected by the illness, "helping them realise they aren't alone".

He was delighted when chart toppers Athlete agreed his band could cover the song Wires for a charity single.

The re-worked version has now received more than 4,500 hits on YouTube in just over a week and is released through iTunes on January 28.

After the ordeal of the illness and amputations, three-year-old JLS fanatic Alissa is now full of enthusiasm for life.

Clothes shop sales assistant Mr Chowdhury said: "She’s always running and jumping around.

"There’s no way we can’t be happy because Alissa’s so cheerful - she’s really smiley and she loves nursery.

"Every day we have to call her back for a hug at the school gates because otherwise she just runs into the school and forgets about us."

He added: "Lots of celebrities have contacted us on Twitter which is really kind, including Gok Wan and Duncan Bannatyne."

"We chose this song because both myself and Alissa’s mum, Samantha, listened to it when she was in hospital and it meant a lot to us.

"We’re just so thankful she’s still here."

See more about Urban Prophecies at urbanprophecies.kk5.org/, and search for Urban Prophecies in iTunes from January 28.

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3:42pm Tue 15 Jan 13

captainchowds says...

Just would like to thank everyone for showing an interest in my amazing daughter, so pleased that we can share her story in a positive light, that even though she has many obstacles, she shows her strength and bravey to overcome them all :-)
Just would like to thank everyone for showing an interest in my amazing daughter, so pleased that we can share her story in a positive light, that even though she has many obstacles, she shows her strength and bravey to overcome them all :-) captainchowds

4:21pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Inspirationalady28 says...

This is an amazing dose of inspiration coming from such a young child. Alissa is without a doubt, a very brave little girl who will go on to be an inspiration to others who have been affected by this illness. Thanks for sharing your story! :)
This is an amazing dose of inspiration coming from such a young child. Alissa is without a doubt, a very brave little girl who will go on to be an inspiration to others who have been affected by this illness. Thanks for sharing your story! :) Inspirationalady28

9:36pm Wed 16 Jan 13

neonis says...

this is lovely and i wish the little girl and her family all the best for the future x
this is lovely and i wish the little girl and her family all the best for the future x neonis

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