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Nurse bites off attacker’s fingertips on Thanksgiving


Monday, November 30, 2015, 4:00 AM

Patrick Fortune trying to strangle Rose Ferrier at 2115 Rockaway Parkway, apt.7C , Brooklyn.Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News

Patrick Fortune trying to strangle Rose Ferrier at 2115 Rockaway Parkway, apt.7C , Brooklyn.

The death of a Brooklyn man’s mother sent him so far over the edge Thanksgiving Day that he tried to strangle the home nurse who was caring for her – until she bit the tips off several of his fingers while fighting off the ferocious attack.

The holiday from hell began early in the morning when Patrick Fortune, 52, reached his breaking point days after his elderly mother died from an apparent heart attack.

Inconsolable, and suffering from schizophrenia, Fortune accused the live-in nurse, Rose Ferrier, of murdering his mom in their Canarsie apartment, and tried to choke the life out of her.

He might have succeeded if the desperate nurse hadn’t managed to get Fortune’s hands in her mouth and bit down with all her might.

The result was a thwarted attack, an apartment filled with blood, and several severed fingers, one or two of which she may have swallowed.

Cops who responded to a 911 call at the Rockaway Parkway building found a man sitting on top of a woman, with his hands around her throat.

“The cops could have shot him, but instead they grabbed him, pushed him to the floor, and cuffed him. They saved the woman’s life,” a source said.

“He hadn’t had an episode in six years,” said Fortune’s brother, Homere, 54, who lives in another location. “Without a doubt my mother’s death pushed him over the edge.”

Homere said his brother has a long history of mental illness, and had been taking medication for schizophrenia. Still, he said he never expected this kind of episode, even after he saw his brother run after the paramedics who were taking their mother’s body away.

“They were pulling the body in front of him,” Homere said. “It really affected him. He was there when she died. He ran after the paramedics yelling: You see what mother did to us? She left us! She left us!”

Homere was worried about his brother, and asked Ferrier to stay on an extra day to prepare a Thanksgiving meal for the brothers

“She did it as a favor,” said a neighbor, Charlotte Foreman, 48.” His mother died and he blamed her. She was doing something nice.”

Fortune was taken to Brookdale, where he was awaiting arraignment on several charges including assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Ferrier was also hospitalized, suffering from several injuries including cuts to her eyes and ears. She was not facing any criminal charges.

Homere said he was able to see his brother after the arrest. He was still ranting about the nurse.

“`Rose is the devil,’” Homere said, quoting his brother. “`She killed my mother and she’s going to kill you.’ He’s mentally disturbed. Without a doubt he needs mental medical help. He’s not a bad guy. He’s mentally disturbed.”

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