'I feel very lucky to still be alive today'
A GRANDFATHER who was struck down with Legionnaires' Disease is still taking medication three months after surviving the killer bug.
Pedro Di-Igo was hailed a 'miracle man' by medics after he was almost killed by the illness that claimed two lives.
The 73-year-old was taken to hospital after he was found collapsed by a neighbour who had gone to check on him at his home in Edison Street, Fenton.
Now he is one of two more survivors planning to take legal action against the JTF discount warehouse in Fenton, which was identified as the probable source of the outbreak.
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Mr Di-Igo, a grandfather-of-five, says he 'lost part of his life' when the condition confined him to a hospital ward for two weeks.
And he revealed he is still needs to take tablets each day to reduce the risk of the infection returning.
Mr Di-Igo, who has instructed lawyers Irwin Mitchell to look into his case, said: "The doctors kept calling me the miracle man because they said I was lucky to make it.
"Whatever it was, it hit me very hard. My neighbour found me on the floor and the next minute I was rushed to hospital. I can't really remember much else but here I am."
Mr Di-Igo became one of 21 people to be treated for Legionnaires' Disease at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire during the outbreak, which began in July.
William Hammersley, aged 79, of Sunningdale Grove, Chesterton, and 64-year-old Richard Griffin, of Westbury Park, died after contracting the bug.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is still deciding whether to prosecute over the outbreak, after it was confirmed every victim had visited the JTF warehouse before their symptoms began.
Mr Di-Igo said: "I wasn't going to do much about it but my friends have been pushing me towards taking legal action because I've lost part of my life. I've decided to go for it.
"I feel more than lucky to have survived.
"Others have died and I feel very sorry for their families."
Father-of-three Mark Adams, of Meir, is also pursuing legal action after suffering the condition.
The 48-year-old, who cares for his wife Amanda, had visited JTF just three days before his symptoms developed – and says he still feels weak today.
He said: "I went to JTF on the Saturday and on Tuesday I was ill. I went to go on the computer and I just couldn't focus, I had pain in my eyes.
"It came on suddenly, but I felt so rough I couldn't even have a drink.
"All I knew about it was that people died of it.
"I felt so ill, I told my wife I didn't think I would be coming out of hospital.
"My doctor says it could be six months before I am completely over it."
A total of 12 people are now known to be considering legal action, with more expected to follow.