A 92-year-old retired teacher is struggling to recover in the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Margaret Sims taught generations of Nashville children during her career as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor.
She suffered smoke inhalation when her house in the 2500 block of Gardner Lane, near Whites Creek Pike, caught fire Monday about 4 p.m.
Fire crews broke through a window in the home to rescue the woman, who was found in a bathtub, and she was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Her daughter, Joy Sims, says her mother is a fighter who bounced back after two open-heart surgeries.
"She is very ill. They're not pulling any punches with me. They're trying to prepare me for the worst, but I believe that anything can happen," Joy Sims said. "People talk about miracles. I know that I've lived with a miracle."
A dog was also rescued from the home, and investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.
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