Family expects help for Harley is on the way

Friends and family planned a benefit dinner for nine-month-old Harley Green while he underwent a liver transplant.

Jarrod and Jennifer Green spent their holidays in a hospital in Houston, just six weeks after baby Harley was born.

Jarrod said the couple started to notice their son's skin color turning yellow. They took him into see his pediatrician, who then referred them to a doctor in Lubbock. Doctors told the family Harley's liver enzyme count was too high. The family traveled from Amarillo to Lubbock, and made their last stop in Houston.

"We went to Houston for a doctorâ??s appointment, and got admitted to the hospital," Jarrod said.

Two weeks after being admitted to the hospital, Harley underwent a liver transplant.

Jennifer Green said, "Unfortunately some other mother had to lose her baby so that our baby could live."

Back home friends and family collaborated with Texas Roadhouse to host a benefit dinner. According to Jarrod the restaurant agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the family. The dinner was held Nov. 18, but the family never received a check.

"After the benefit they said that it should take 4-6 weeks to get a check, and we didn't get one," Jarrod said.

Jarrod contacted the restaurant in January, and the manager at the time told him they didn't meet the requirements in order to receive any proceeds.

"The manager called me and said it was a less than legendary turn out," Jarrod said. "So they were going to send tickets for us to get a free meal."

The couple said they were never told a certain amount of people must show up, or that the restaurant had to hit a minimum of $5,000 in order for the family to receive 10 percent of the profit.

One of Harleyâ??s medications, an immunosuppressant drug, costs the family $1,300 each month. The drug assures that Harley's body doesn't reject the transplant.

The family said they weren't angry, they just wanted an explanation as to what went wrong.

"We're expecting if you say you're going to do something for someone that you follow through," Jennifer said. "It was a disappointment when we were told it wasn't going to happen."

Texas Roadhouse contacted the Green family and will be giving them a check for $850. The manager also told Pronews 7 he is working with corporate to give the family an additional $200.