Hundreds of people turned up at the Hong Kong Funeral Home in North Point last night to pay their last respects to Joanna Tse Yuen-man, the first public hospital doctor to die from Sars. Mourners, including former patients and fellow churchgoers filed into the funeral home's Fok Hoi Hall, which was open to the public from 6pm to 9pm. A private thanksgiving memorial service was held later at Ki Yan Hall on the funeral home's first floor. Tse, 35, died on May 13, after being infected with the virus when she tried to resuscitate a terminal Sars patient at Tuen Mun Hospital. Male nurse Lau Wing-kai was infected in the same incident, and became the first public medical worker to die from Sars. Tse was one of the first medical officers to volunteer to work with Sars patients. Her husband, also a doctor, died of leukaemia a year ago. Among last night's mourners were Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and Ko Wing-man, director for professional services at the Hospital Authority. Joanne Mak Sum-mei, 30, said she did not know Dr Tse but went to the same church, the Praise Assembly in Wan Chai. 'I was touched by her volunteering act. She left us in body but her spirit to put others first will always affect us,' she said. Macy Tong, a doctor at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital, was a young medical student at the faculty when Tse was a senior. 'She was such a good doctor. We felt such a loss. In the memorial room, the parents looked very sad,' said Ms Tong. So Tsz-yeung, a Form Four student at Chong Gene Hang College, came with six classmates and a teacher to pay tribute. 'From her, we have learned a spirit of saving others,' said Tsz-yeung, who had made a card with prayers for Tse with his classmates. A Pok Oi Hospital doctor who gave his name as Dr Yu brought two boards covered with some 300 heart-shaped cards he gathered from Yuen Long residents with the help of his colleagues.